India categorically rejected a joint statement made by Pakistan and China over Kashmir, describing the Valley a dispute left from history. In response to the statement, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs reiterated that Kashmir is an integral part of India.
“We completely reject the reference to Jammu & Kashmir in the joint statement issued by China and Pakistan after the recent visit of Chinese Foreign Minister. Jammu & Kashmir is an integral part of India,” said the Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar.
He added that India has consistently expressed concerns to both countries on projects 'China Pakistan Economic Corridor', which is through the territory of India that has been illegally occupied by Pakistan since 1947.
The tensions between the two countries escalated after the Central Government scrapped Article 370 of the Indian constitution, which gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
Yesterday, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet opined that the National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise in Assam and Jammu and Kashmir issue has created “great uncertainty and anxiety”.
“India is resolutely opposed to any actions by other countries to change the status quo in Pakistan occupied J&K," said the spokesperson.
Pakistan had referred Jammu and Kashmir issue as "massive violations of International Human Rights Law".
Pakistan President Imran Khan had already said that Pakistan will no longer seek a dialogue with India as it has repeatedly rejected peace talks with Pak.
Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had previously said India is ready to talk necessary outstanding issues with Pakistan bilaterally.
Pakistan has downgraded bilateral relations with India by taking actions such as suspending trade, closing its airspace partially, banning of Indian cinemas in Pakistani screens and halting train services Samjhauta and Thar Express.
Prime Minister Imran Khan had said that Pakistan will not speak to India because there is no point in having a dialogue. Khan has begun a Kashmir campaign which attacked PM Modi over 2002 Gujarat riots and anti-semitic views of the RSS leaders.
After announcing the abrogation of Article 370, Union Home Minister Amit Shah had said that Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) is also an integral part of India. Khan, however, said that Pakistan will fight against India for the PoK.