Pakistan rejects Indian reaction on Pak-China Strategic Dialogue
Pakistan on Sunday strongly rejected the unwarranted and irresponsible comments made by Spokesperson of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on the Joint Press Release of the Second Round of China-Pakistan Foreign Ministers’ Strategic Dialogue.
The MEA’s contentions about Jammu and Kashmir being the so-called “integral and inalienable part” of India and an “internal affair” are a laughable fiction, totally contrary to historical and legal facts and in violation of the relevant United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolutions, the Pakistan Foreign Office said in a statement issued on Sunday in response to the India’s MEA’s statement.
FO Spokesperson said, “India’s self-serving claims regarding Jammu and Kashmir, including the parts which are under illegal Indian occupation, have no basis whatsoever.”
Pakistan also categorically rejected India’s malicious propaganda against the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which is another manifestation of desperate Indian attempts to mislead the world community.
India has no locus standi on the issue historical, legal or moral. “The regurgitation of false claims by India can neither change facts nor divert attention from India’s state-terrorism in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) and its egregious violations of human rights of the Kashmiri people,” the FO Spokespersons said.
Rather than resorting to false and misleading assertions, India should faithfully implement its international obligations.
“India must immediately vacate its illegal and forcible occupation of IIOJK and let the Kashmiris exercise their inalienable right to self-determination through a free and impartial plebiscite under the auspices of the United Nations as enshrined in the relevant UNSC Resolutions,” the spokesperson added.
It is pertinent to note that on 21 August 2020, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi of the People’s Republic of China and Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi held the 2nd Round of China-Pakistan Foreign Ministers’ Strategic Dialogue in Hainan Province, China.
As per the joint release released issued, “Both 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 Pakistani side briefed the Chinese side on the situation in Jammu & Kashmir, including its concerns, position and current urgent issues. The Chinese side reiterated that the Kashmir issue is a dispute left over from history between India and Pakistan, which is an objective fact, and that the dispute should be resolved peacefully and properly through the UN Charter, relevant Security Council resolutions and bilateral agreements. China opposes any unilateral actions that complicate the situation, the joint press release said.
Warm welcome by Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi to Foreign Minister Qureshi at Hainan. It is such a delight to have friends coming from afar！ @SMQureshiPTI @ForeignOfficePk @MFA_China pic.twitter.com/7gSQMXfqUx— Lijian Zhao 赵立坚 (@zlj517) August 21, 2020
“Both sides reiterated that the enduring China-Pakistan All-weather Strategic Cooperative Partnership is beneficial to international and regional peace and stability, and serves the mutual security and development interests of both countries as well as of international community and regional countries.”
“The Pakistani side appreciated China for standing together with Pakistan in safeguarding its national security and sovereignty, and reaffirmed its firm support to China on affairs concerning China’s core interests and issues of major concern, such as those related to Taiwan, Xinjiang, Tibet and Hong Kong.”