India slams Pakistan PM Imran Khan for comments on new Kashmir domicile law1 min read . Updated: 04 Apr 2020, 10:09 PM IST
According to the new rules, anyone who has resided in Kashmir or Jammu for 15 years, or spent seven years studying in regional educational institutions and appeared in class 10 or 12 examinations, may become permanent residents
India on Saturday slammed Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan’s remarks on India’s new domicile law for Kashmir describing as an attempt to interfere in India’s internal affairs.
"We have seen the intemperate remarks by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on India. With regard to the Indian Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir, it is very clear that Pakistan has no locus standi whatsoever on any aspect pertaining to it," Indian foreign ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar said.
“Repeated attempts to interfere in India’s internal affairs will not make its untenable claims any more acceptable. If Pakistan really wants to contribute to the welfare of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, it could do so best by ending cross-border terrorism and desisting from its campaign of violence and false propaganda," he said.
Kumar’s comments followed a series of Twitter posts by Khan earlier this week condemning India for issuing rules allowing non-Kashmiris to become permanent residents in Kashmir and Jammu.
According to the new rules, anyone who has resided in Kashmir or Jammu for 15 years, or spent seven years studying in regional educational institutions and appeared in class 10 or 12 examinations, may become permanent residents. Previous rules, including Article 370, severely limited which non-Kashmiris could become permanent residents in the region. Article 370 was abrogated by the Indian parliament in August — that Pakistan had previously slammed. Tensions between the two countries have been high since then.
“We stand with the Kashmiris in rejecting this latest Indian attempt to alter the demography of IOJK. Pakistan will continue to expose Indian state terrorism & it's denial of the Kashmiris right to self determination," Khan had said in a series of Twitter posts two days ago.
“Timing of this latest illegal action is particularly reprehensible because it seeks to exploit the international focus on COVID19 pandemic to push forward BJP's Hindutva Supremacist agenda. The UN & int comm must stop India's continuing violations of UNSC Resolutions & Int law," Khan had said.
“We strongly condemn the racist Hindutva Supremacist Modi Govt's continuing attempts to illegally alter the demography of IOJK in violation of all international laws & treaties. The new Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Order 2020 is a clear violation of the 4th Geneva Convention," Khan had added.