Pakistan asks India to implement UNSC resolutions on Kashmir

News Desk
Friday, Jun 21, 2024

ISLAMABAD: Dismissing India’s remarks on a joint Pakistan-China statement about addressing the Kashmir issue, the Foreign Office has demanded of New Delhi to implement resolutions passed by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) regarding the disputed territory.

Foreign Office Spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch said late on Wednesday India had no right to object to the references made to Jammu and Kashmir in the joint statement issued by Pakistan and China on June 8.

The statement came in response to media queries regarding the comments made by Indian External Affairs Ministry. Ms Baloch said Jammu and Kashmir was a disputed territory and the dispute was on the UNSC agenda.

Pakistan had briefed the Chinese government about the latest developments of the situation in Jammu and Kashmir. In the statement, the “Chinese side reiterated that the Jammu and Kashmir dispute is left over from history, and should be properly and peacefully resolved in accordance with the UN Charter, relevant UNSC resolutions and bilateral agreements”.

India’s External Affairs Ministry Spokesman Randhir Jaiswal had on June 13 “rejected unwarranted references to Jammu and Kashmir” by Pakistan and China. “We have noted unwarranted references to Jammu and Kashmir in the joint statement between China and Pakistan. We categorically reject such references,” Jaiswal said.

Ms Baloch said it was an established fact that Jammu and Kashmir was an internationally-recognised disputed territory and the dispute had been on the agenda of the UNSC for more than seven decades.

She added the relevant UNSC resolutions clearly stipulated that the final disposition of the State of Jammu and Kashmir would be made as per the will of the people expressed through the democratic method of a free and impartial plebiscite conducted under the auspices of the UN.

In that backdrop, the Indian claims over Jammu and Kashmir were totally unfounded and misplaced, she said. “India should not mislead the international community about the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which is a flagship developmental endeavour, agreed upon by two sovereign nations,” Ms Baloch said.

Instead of making baseless claims about the CPEC, the spokesperson said India should implement, at the earliest, the relevant UNSC resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir. –News Desk