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Part of J&K under ‘illegal and forcible’ occupation of Pakistan: India snubs Sharif’s letter to UN

India on Thursday said that Jammu and Kashmir is under Islamabad's illegal and forcible occupation and that it has no locus standi to comment on internal situation in the Valley.

India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: September 01, 2016 21:28 IST ]
External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup
Image Source : MEA External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup

Dismissing Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's fresh letter to UN chief Ban Ki-moon urging action on Kashmir, India on Thursday said that any such move will not change the reality that part of Jammu and Kashmir is under Islamabad's "illegal and forcible" occupation and that it has no locus standi to comment on internal situation in the Valley. 

"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,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said. 

"As far as internal situation in J&K is concerned, we believe Pakistan has no locus standi in commenting on that and we are perfectly capable of dealing with it," he said.  

He was replying to a question on Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif writing to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for the second time in a month seeking his intervention for sending a fact-finding mission to probe alleged human rights violations in the Valley.  

Indicating that Islamabad should have sent a representative to New Delhi to discuss cross-border terror, Swarup criticised Sharif’s decision to send 22 parliamentarians as special envoys to highlight the Kashmir issue on different international forums and said it would have been better to send "one envoy with the right message to the right country."  

He said the message has to be one of stopping support to cross-border terrorism, ending incitement to violence in Jammu and Kashmir and putting an end to interference in India's internal affairs. 

"Sending out 22 envoys is not going to make their baseless and untenable claims legitimate. Instead of sending 22 Envoys with the wrong message to the wrong countries, it would have been better to send one Envoy with the right message to the right country," he said. 

Asked about China-Pakistan economic corridor, Swarup said it passes through India's sovereign territory under 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. The thing that needs to be understood how did the victimisation start.  

"For us the real issue is that there should not be any differentiation between good terrorist and bad terroist and Kerry had clearly said that," said Swarup. 

In his letter to Ban Ki-moon, Sharif has also criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remarks on Balochistan and PoK as unwarranted and in complete contravention of the UN charter. 

It said the remarks were aimed at diverting the world attention from the ongoing atrocities in the Kashmir valley. Sharif welcomed the UN Secretary General's offer of his good offices and said that Kashmir is the main dispute between India and Pakistan. 

Foreign Office (FO) spokesperson Nafees Zakariya said that Sharif sent the letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon apprising him of the deteriorating situation in Kashmir. Sharif sent the letter in response to UN Secretary General's call for making efforts to avoid further violence in Kashmir, he said.

"The Prime Minister mentioned that while 'Azad Jammu and Kashmir' cannot be compared in terms of the grim and tragic situation of human rights in Kashmir, it remains open to any UN mission for a visit as it has always facilitated the UNMOGIP, foreign diplomats and tourists," the FO said.

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