India asks China, Pakistan to end activities related to CPEC in PoK

India on Tuesday rejected the reference to Jammu and Kashmir in the latest China-Pakistan joint statement and called on both countries to stop activities related to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK).

“We reject the reference to Jammu and Kashmir in the joint statement issued by China and Pakistan after the recent visit of Chinese Foreign Minister. J&K is an integral part of India. India has consistently expressed concerns to both China and Pakistan on the projects in the so-called China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, which is in the territory of India that has been illegally occupied by Pakistan since 1947,” said official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs Raveesh Kumar.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi paid a visit to Pakistan over the weekend and discussed regional issues. During the talks, China reiterated its support to Pakistan to protect its territorial integrity and sovereignty. The visit was part of continued consultation between Beijing and Islamabad after India ended special status to Jammu and Kashmir on August 5.

“India is resolutely opposed to any actions by other countries to change the status quo in PoK. We call on the parties concerned to cease such actions,” said Mr. Kumar.

SOURCE: The Hindu

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