India on Thursday stated it has strongly protested with Pakistan towards the development of the Diamer-Bhasha dam in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and condemned Islamabad”s steady makes an attempt to result in materials adjustments in Indian territories below its unlawful occupation.
India’s sturdy protest got here after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday kicked off development work on the Diamer-Bhasha dam in Chilas in Gilgit-Baltistan, however New Delhi’s objection to the China-backed mega mission.
Requested in regards to the improvement on the weekly briefing, Ministry of Exterior Affairs Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava stated India had made its place on it clear earlier and it stays unchanged.
“Your entire Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir and the Union territory of Ladakh, have been, are, and will probably be an integral and inalienable a part of India. We’ve strongly protested towards the development of this dam to the federal government of Pakistan,” Mr Srivastava stated.
“This dam will result in submergence of a big a part of land of the Indian union territories of J&Okay and Ladakh and we condemn the continual makes an attempt by Pakistan to result in materials adjustments in Indian territories below its unlawful occupation,” he stated.
India has additionally constantly conveyed its protest and shared considerations with each China and Pakistan on all such initiatives within the Indian territories below Pakistan’s unlawful occupation the place it has no locus standi, the MEA spokesperson stated.
The Pakistan authorities in Could had signed a whopping Rs 442 billion contract with a three way partnership of a Chinese language state-run agency and a industrial arm of Pakistan’s highly effective army for the development of the Diamer-Bhasha dam.
Requested about stories of Pakistan permitting Afghan items to be exported by way of Wagah, Srivastava stated it was one other instance of Pakistan’s creation of a mirage of goodwill.
“Allow us to be clear on this, Pakistan will not be permitting Afghan vehicles to hold Afghan items and is searching for monopolistic transport practices. It’s not permitting Afghanistan two-way transit rights as dedicated below article three of the Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit Commerce Settlement (also referred to as APTTA),” he stated.
“So, Pakistan has been following a coverage of making captive markets by denying full transit entry to Afghanistan by limiting merchandise from India and different nations. It’s failing to fulfil its personal commitments below APTTA,” Mr Srivastava stated.
Pakistan has even denied transit of humanitarian grant help, together with wheat from India, to Afghanistan, he stated.
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