India rejects ‘unwarranted references’ to J&K in China-Pak joint statement

J&K and Ladakh will remain integral parts of India, says MEA

MEA spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal MEA spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal

India on Thursday took strong objection to the “unwanted references” to Jammu and Kashmir in a joint statement by China and Pakistan, and asserted that the union territory is an integral part of the country.

"We have noted unwarranted references to the Union territory of Jammu & Kashmir in the joint statement between China and Pakistan of June 7. We categorically reject such references," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal said.

"Our position on the issue is consistent and well known to the concerned parties. The Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and the Union Territory of Ladakh have been, are and will always remain integral and inalienable parts of India," he said.

The joint statement, issued on June 7 after the meeting between Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Chinese Premier Li Qiang, said the Pakistani side briefed the Chinese side on the latest developments in Jammu and Kashmir. It also mentioned the projects under the so-called China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) which passes through Pakistan-Occupied-Kashmir (PoK).

"The same joint statement also mentions activities and projects under the so-called China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), some of which are in India's sovereign territory under forcible and illegal occupation by Pakistan," Jaiswal said.

"We resolutely oppose and reject any moves by other countries to reinforce or legitimise Pakistan's illegal occupation of these territories, impinging on India's sovereignty and territorial integrity," he added.

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