Ministry of External Affairs of the Republic of India

09/24/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/24/2020 05:32

India’s right of reply during virtual CICA Special Ministerial Meeting on 24 September 2020 (In response to remarks by Foreign Minister of Pakistan, Mr. Shah Mahmood Qureshi)

Unfortunately, Pakistan has misused another forum by continuing its spurious narrative about India. The Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh have been and will remain an integral part of India. Pakistan has no locus standi to comment on India's internal affairs.

Pakistan's remarks today constitute gross interference in India's internal affairs, sovereignty and territorial integrity which is inconsistent with the CICA Declaration on the Principles Guiding Relations between the CICA Member States of September 1999.

Pakistan is the global epicentre of terrorism and continues to be the source of terrorist activities in India. We advise Pakistan to cease its sponsorship and overt and covert support to terrorism against India. This will enable the two countries to engage and address issues bilaterally rather than distract this important forum from its agenda.

New Delhi
September 24, 2020