Indian, Pakistani Foreign Office Engage In A Bitter ‘Clash Of Words’ Over Kashmir

Pakistan foreign office says that Islamabad rejects the “irresponsible remarks” by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs on PM Imran Khan’s tweet condemning the recent Indian steps to alter the demographic structure of Jammu and Kashmir.

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Foreign Office Spokesperson Aisha Farooqui in a statement said that India’s incessant regurgitation of the claim that Jammu and Kashmir was an “internal affair” would neither turn this falsehood into truth nor make this illegality legally valid.

“The IOJ&K is an internationally-recognised disputed territory, as enshrined in the relevant United Nations’ Security Council Resolutions. These resolutions stipulate that the final disposition of the State of Jammu and Kashmir will be decided through the democratic method of a free and impartial plebiscite under the UN auspices,” she said

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Khan also called on the United Nations to stop India’s continuing violations of UNSC resolutions and the international law. “We stand with the Kashmiris in rejecting this latest Indian attempt to alter the demography of IOJK. Pakistan will continue to expose Indian state terrorism & its denial of the Kashmiris’ right to self-determination,” Mr Khan had declared.

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In response to PM Khan’s tweets, Spokesman for the Indian External Affairs Ministry Raveesh Kumar on Saturday issued a statement, terming these remarks “intemperate”. “We have seen the intemperate remarks by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on India. With regard to the Indian Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, it is very clear that Pakistan has no locus standi whatsoever on any aspect pertaining to it,” Mr Kumar stated, adding that “repeated attempts to interfere in India’s internal affairs will not make its untenable claims any more acceptable”.

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The Indian external affairs ministry’s spokesman had further said that “if Pakistan really wants to contribute to the welfare of the people of J&K, it could do so best by ending cross-border terrorism and desisting from its campaign of violence and false propaganda”.