MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar rejected China-Pakistan joint reference to Kashmir (image: twitter)

India on Tuesday rejected a reference to Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) in a joint statement issued by China and Pakistan wherein they opposed India‘s “unilateral actions” in Kashmir and called for a peaceful resolution of the issue.

New Delhi has protested against the “so called China-Pakistan Economic Corridor” running through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

The Ministry of External Affairs said:

“We reject the reference to Jammu & Kashmir in the Joint Statement issued by China and Pakistan. J&K is an integral part of India. On the other hand, India has consistently expressed concerns to both China and Pakistan on the projects in so-called ‘China Pakistan Economic Corridor’, which is in the territory of India that has been illegally occupied by Pakistan since 1947. India is resolutely opposed to any actions by other countries to change the status quo in Pakistan occupied J&K. We call on the parties concerned to cease such actions.”

On Sunday, Beijing and Islamabad issued a joint statement during the two-day visit of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi to Pakistan. Yi said the relationship between the two countries is “rock-solid and unbreakable”.

Moreover, India’s strong disapproval to the Kashmir reference comes a day after United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet when she expressed concerns at the communication clampdown and detention of political leadership in the Valley. She had urged the Indian government to ensure that human rights are not violated but respected and protected.

Bachelet, speaking at the 42nd session of the UN Human Rights Council Meeting in Geneva, urged both India and Pakistan to show restraint and respect the rights of Kashmiris. However, she particularly appealed to India “to ease the current lockdowns or curfews”.

She has also asked New Delhi to ensure the Kashmiri people’s access to basic services and that “all due process rights” are respected for those who have been detained.

These were the first remarks of the UN human rights chief on Kashmir, after the Indian government revoked J&K’s special status. However, there hasn’t been any official response from New Delhi over Bachelet’s remarks.

Nevertheless, India has sent a team of senior officials, including Indian envoy to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria, to frame the government’s response during the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) deliberations. Meanwhile, Pakistan is planning to raise the Kashmir issue at the UNHRC


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