New Delhi: India on Thursday slammed China for ‘renaming’ six places in Arunachal Pradesh, saying it changes nothing on the ground.
“Renaming or inventing names of states of your neighbour does not make illegal occupation legal,” said Indian foreign ministry spokesman Gopal Baglay.
The comment was in response to China on Wednesday unilaterally “renaming” six places in Arunachal Pradesh and describing it as “legitimate” action in line with Chinese law which supports Beijing’s territorial claim.
According to China’s state-run Global Times tabloid, the Chinese civil affairs ministry had “standardised in Chinese characters, Tibetan and Roman alphabets the names of six places in South Tibet, which India calls “Arunachal Pradesh”, in accordance with the regulations of the State Council”.
The Chinese move is seen as a retaliation to India allowing exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, to visit Arunachal Pradesh.
Meanwhile, in the case of alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, who has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of spying, Baglay said India has sought details of the trial proceedings as well as the appeal process from the Pakistan foreign office.
India has asked for consular access to Jadhav for the 15th time but Pakistan is yet to accede to the request. India was awaiting a formal response from Pakistan on its two demands—consular access and details of the trial proceedings against Jadhav, said Baglay.
“We don’t know anything about Jadhav’s location or condition in Pakistan,” he said, adding that this is a matter of concern for India.
On Wednesday, India summoned the Pakistan deputy high commissioner in New Delhi and made a fresh demand for consular access to the retired Indian Navy officer. Earlier this week, the Pakistan Army had ruled out access to him.