India on Tuesday described a resolution adopted by Pakistan’s National Assembly on demarcation exercises in Jammu and Kashmir as “ridiculous” and said the neighboring country had no position to interfere in India’s internal affairs.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi categorically rejected the proposal, calling on Islamabad to stop cross-border terrorism and its “terrorist infrastructure”.
“We categorically reject the ridiculous resolution passed by the National Assembly of Pakistan on the exercise of restraint in the Indian Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.
Bagchi added, “Pakistan has no position to speak or interfere in India’s internal affairs, including the Indian territories which are under illegal and forcible occupation.”
The spokesman was responding to a media query on the resolution adopted by the Pakistan National Assembly.
“It is unfortunate that instead of arranging their own house, Pakistan’s leadership continues to interfere in India’s internal affairs and engage in baseless and provocative anti-India propaganda,” he said.
Bagchi said the entire territory of the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh “was, is and will remain an integral part of India.” “The exercise of constraint in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir is a democratic exercise based on the principle of wide-ranging stakeholder consultation and participation,” he said.
Bagchi called on Pakistan to refrain from making any further material changes in the situation in Pakistan-occupied Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh (PoJKL) and to evacuate the Indian territories under its “illegal and forcible occupation”.
“We reiterate that Pakistan must immediately stop its anti-India cross-border terrorism and its terrorist infrastructure; Stop serious and persistent human rights violations in Pakistan-occupied Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh (PoJKL); Refrain from making any further material changes to the status of PoJKL, and evacuate Indian territories that are under its illegal and forcible occupation, ”Bagchi said.