India on Thursday hit back at Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s fresh letter to the UN chief on Kashmir and said that any such move will not change the reality that part of Jammu and Kashmir is under Islamabad’s “illegal and forcible” occupation.
Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup also criticised Pakistan’s decision to send 22 parliamentarians as special envoys to highlight the Kashmir issue at different international forums and said it would have been better to send “one envoy with the right message to the right country,” indicating that Islamabad should have sent a representative here to discuss cross-border terror.
“They can write as many letters as they want but this will not change the reality on the ground. The reality is that J&K is an integral part of India and part of J&K is under the illegal and forcible occupation of Pakistan. As far as internal situation in J&K is concerned, we believe Pakistan has no locus standi in commenting on that,” Swarup said.
When asked about China-Pakistan economic corridor, Swarup said it passes through India’s sovereign territory under the illegal occupation of Pakistan and that “India would obviously have concerns about any project there happening with third party collaboration.”
On the US Secretary of State John Kerry’s comment that Pakistan was also a victim of terror, the MEA spokesperson said India did not say it was not. “But we are asking who created that terror. That is the real issue,” said Swarup. “There should not be any differentiation between good terrorist and bad terrorist and Kerry had clearly said that.”
When asked about Sharif criticising Modi’s remarks on Balochistan and PoK as unwarranted and in contravention of the UN charter in his letter to the UN chief, Swarup said the issue is about people who are oppressed and raising it cannot be wrong. He said the UN resolutions Sharif was referring to are a part of history, adding that there was no point in digging it up and that one has to move on with the “new realities and new perspectives”.
On All India Radio enhancing services in Balochi language, he said, “Fresh services can be added or existing services can be augmented based on demand.”