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Pakistan strongly rejects India’s persistent propaganda against CPEC

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Pakistan has categorically rejected the unwarranted and preposterous comments made by the Spokesperson of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on the Pakistan-China Joint Statement of February 6, 2022.

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“We also strongly reject India’s persistent propaganda against China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC),” the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Asim Iftikhar Ahmad said in a statement on Thursday.

The Spokesperson said that Pakistan has shared irrefutable evidence of India’s sinister campaign to sabotage CPEC through its dossiers released in 2020 and 2021.

Asim Iftikhar said that there is strong evidence of Indian involvement in recent sinister attempts to stir up unrest in Balochistan by supporting anti-state elements.

Besides, Naval Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav is a living and irrefutable proof of how India has been seeking to sponsor and patronize subversive activities in Pakistan and the region.

Similarly, New Delhi’s baseless claims over the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) can neither change the facts of history nor the legal status of the Jammu & Kashmir dispute.

“IIOJK never was and never will be India’s “integral part”,” he commented.

The Spokesperson said that the irrefutable fact remains that India is an occupation force in IIOJK in clear violation of the relevant UN Security Council resolutions, and its illegal and unilateral actions of August 5, 2019, seeking to change the internationally recognized disputed status of IIOJK and to alter its demographic structure, have been rejected by the Kashmiris, by Pakistan, and by the international community.

The Foreign Office Spokesperson said that Pakistan will continue to extend all possible support to the Kashmiris in their just struggle against India’s illegal occupation.

Rather than resorting to false and misleading assertions without success, India must vacate its illegal occupation of the disputed territory, immediately reverse its illegal and unilateral actions of August 5, 2019, and let Kashmiris exercise their inalienable right to self-determination through a free and impartial plebiscite under the auspices of the United Nations as enshrined in the relevant UNSC resolutions, he said.

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