India rejects reference to J&K in China Pakistan Joint Statement

New Delhi: India has rejected the reference to Jammu and Kashmir in the Joint Statement issued by China and Pakistan after the recent visit of Pakistani President to China. In response to a query, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India. He said issues related to it are internal matter of India.

The spokesperson said India expects other countries including China not to comment on matters that are internal affairs and also to respect India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

India strongly objected to and reiterated its concerns to both China and Pakistan on “China Pakistan Economic Corridor”, which is in the territory of India that has been illegally occupied by Pakistan since 1947.

The spokesperson said India is opposed to any actions by other countries to change the status quo in Pakistan occupied Jammu and Kashmir. New Delhi called on parties concerned to cease such actions and said such illegal activities will never be accepted by India.

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