India terms Pakistan Assembly resolution on J&K delimitation exercise ‘farcical’

India: Describing the resolution passed by the National Assembly of Pakistan on the delimitation exercise in IIOJKashmir as “farcical”, New Delhi Tuesday said that Pakistan has no locus standi to interfere in internal matters in India.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) official spokesperson Arindam Bagchi has categorically rejected the resolution and asked Islamabad to stop cross-border terrorism and shut down its “infrastructure of terrorism”.

“Pakistan has no locus standi to pronounce on or interfere in matters that are internal to India, including the Indian territories under Pakistan’’s illegal and forcible occupation,” Bagchi added.

“It is regrettable that instead of putting their own house in order, the leadership in Pakistan continues to interfere in India’s internal affairs and engage in baseless and provocative anti-India propaganda,” the MEA spokesperson said.

Bagchi said the entire area of  IIOJKashmir Kashmir and Ladakh “have been, is and shall always remain an integral part of India”.

Bagchi asked Pakistan to refrain from effecting any further material changes in the status of Pakistan-occupied Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh (PoJKL) and vacate the Indian territories that are under its “illegal and forcible occupation”.

“We reiterate that Pakistan must immediately cease anti-India cross-border terrorism and shut down its infrastructure of terrorism; stop the grave and persistent human rights violations in Pakistan-occupied Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh (PoJKL); refrain from effecting any further material changes in the status of PoJKL, and vacate Indian territories that are under its illegal and forcible occupation,” Bagchi said.

This came a day after India criticised the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) statement on the delimitation exercise in Jammu and Kashmir.

The MEA spokesperson had said on Monday, “We are dismayed that the OIC Secretariat has once again made unwarranted comments on the internal affairs of India. As in the past, the Government of India categorically rejects the assertions made by the OIC Secretariat on IIOJKashmir, which is an integral and inalienable part of India. The OIC should refrain from carrying out its communal agenda vis-à-vis India at the behest of one country.”