Pak can write as many letters, Kashmir remains integral part of India: Vikas Swarup

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Pakistan can write as many letters as they want to the United Nations but this will not change the fact that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup said today.

Addressing the media over Pakistan’s attempts to internationalize the Kashmir issue, the spokesperson said that a part of Jammu and Kashmir was illegally occupied by Pakistan and was a concern for India.

“The ground reality is that part of Jammu and Kashmir is under illegal occupation of Pakistan. Any third party collaboration will be our concern,” Vikas Swarup said.

The MEA spokesperson also slammed Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s appointment of 22 special envoys to the United Nations to raise the Kashmir dispute.

“Sending out 22 envoys is not going to make untenable claims legal. They should have sent just one envoy with the right message of putting an end to cross-border terrorism,” he said.

Vikas Swarup’s remarks came after Nawaz Sharif sent a letter to the UN chief for the second time and sought its intervention in the Kashmir issue. Sharif urged the UN to probe alleged human rights violations in the Valley.

Foreign Office (FO) spokesperson Nafees Zakariya said that Sharif sent the letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon apprising him of the deteriorating situation in Kashmir. Sharif sent the letter in response to UN Secretary General’s call for making efforts to avoid further violence in Kashmir, he said.

“The Prime Minister mentioned that while ‘Azad Jammu and Kashmir’ cannot be compared in terms of the grim and tragic situation of human rights in Kashmir, it remains open to any UN mission for a visit as it has always facilitated the UNMOGIP, foreign diplomats and tourists,” the FO said.

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