NEW DELHI: India on Wednesday took exception to references concerning Kashmir following talks between Chinese President Xi Jinping with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and said it is not for other countries to comment on “internal affairs of India”.
External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said India’s position has been consistent and clear that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India.
“We have seen the report regarding the meeting of Chinese President Xi Jinping with Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan which also refers to their discussions on Kashmir. India’s position has been consistent and clear that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India. China is well aware of our position. It is not for other countries to comment on the internal affairs of India,” Kumar said in response to a query.
A joint statement released by China and Pakistan on Wednesday following a meeting between Khan and Xi said that Beijing is “paying close attention to the current situation in Jammu & Kashmir” and that the matter should be “properly and peacefully resolved based on the UN Charter, relevant UN Security Council resolutions and bilateral agreements.”
“China opposes any unilateral actions that complicate the situation. The two sides underlined that a peaceful, stable, cooperative and prosperous South Asia was in common interest of all parties. Parties need to settle disputes and issues in the region through dialogue on the basis of equality and mutual respect,” the statement said.
It came ahead of Xi’s visit to India for an informal summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 11. A report by Xinhua said that Xi told Khan during the meeting that China was paying close attention to the Kashmir situation and the “facts are clear”. India’s stance that repeal of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir was an internal matter has found a wide resonance in the international community.
Meanwhile, Union Home Minister and BJP president Amit Shah on Thursday said that the entire world stands by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to abrogate Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, while on the other hand, Pakistan stands alone in a corner.
“Prime Minister Modi recently returned from the UN, and the entire world is standing by his decision to abrogate Article 370. On the other hand, Pakistan stands alone in a corner,” Shah said while addressing a public rally here.
Shah also criticised Congress party and NCP for opposing the central government’s decision to abrogate Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.
“When Prime Minister Modi brought the proposal to abrogate Article 370, both Congress and NCP were against it and were revolting against it. I want Rahul Gandhi and Sharad Pawar to answer to the people of Maharashtra why they were against the removal of Article 370,” he said.
Shah stated that they opposed the decision to do vote bank politics and added, “Rahul Gandhi said that ‘Kashmir me khoon ki nadiya beh jayengi’, but no bullet had to be fired.”
He further said that Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the first person to congratulate former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on India’s victory after the India-Pakistan war in 1971.”We were in the opposition then, but for us, the nation comes first,” he said.
Shah said that during the Manmohan Singh-led government, terrorists from Pakistan would enter through our borders regularly and kill our soldiers.”Prime Minister Modi has worked towards safeguarding the nation,” he said. (ANI)