2019-09-18 India-Pakistan||Pakistan strongly condemns India's remarks about 'having control' of AJK one day
[DAWN] India's foreign minister said on Tuesday that Azad Jammu and Kashmir|
...a disputed territory lying between India and Pakistain. After partition, the Paks grabbed half of it and call it
Azad (Free) Kashmir. The remainder they refer to as "Indian Occupied Kashmir". They have fought four wars with India over it, the score currently 4-0 in New Delhi's favor. After 72 years of this nonsense, India cut the Gordian knot in 2019, removing the area's special status, breaking off Ladakh as a separate state, and allowing people from other areas to settle (or in the case of the Pandits, to resettle) there....
belongs to India and that he expected New Delhi to gain physical control over it one day, raising the rhetoric over the territorial dispute.
In response, Pakistain strongly condemned and rejected "the inflammatory and irresponsible remarks made by the Indian External Affairs Minister regarding Pakistain and AJK", according to a statement by the Foreign Office.
The statement also called upon the international community to take note of the "aggressive posturing".
India claims the heavily populated Kashmir Valley while Pakistain has a wedge of territory in the west of the disputed region ‐ Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
"Our position on [Azad Kashmir] is, has always been and will always be very clear. [Azad Kashmir] is part of India and we expect one day that we will have the jurisdiction, physical jurisdiction over it," Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar told a news conference.
Last month, New Delhi abrogated the special status of India-Indian Kashmire in a bid to integrate the territory fully into India, a move that has prompted protests and anger in Kashmir and Pakistain.
Asked about the Indian foreign minister's comments, Dr Mohammad Faisal, front man for Pakistain's foreign ministry, said his government's position on Kashmir had not changed.
Pakistain maintains that Kashmir is a disputed territory that should be resolved by the United Nations
...where theory meets practice and practice loses...
Pakistain has condemned India's decision to change Kashmir's status and said India's crackdown on protests and dissent there would drive more of the world's Moslems into extremism.
But Jaishankar said revoking Kashmir's special rights was an internal Indian matter.
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