India’s position on J&K hasn’t changed: MEA reacts to UN chief’s remarks

Government has said that Jammu and Kashmir has been, is and will continue to be an integral part of the country and India’s position has not changed. In response to a media query regarding comments made by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in Islamabad, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said the issue that needs to be addressed is that of vacation of the territories illegally and forcibly occupied by Pakistan. He said any further issues will be discussed bilaterally. He stressed that there is no role or scope for third party mediation.

The spokesperson expressed hope that the UN Secretary General will emphasize on the imperative for Pakistan to take credible, sustained and irreversible action to put an end to cross-border terrorism against India. He said cross border terrorism threatens the right to life of the people of India, including in Jammu and Kashmir.

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