A day after Pakistan raised issue of implementation of ‘Right to Self Determination’ in Jammu and Kashmir and government of India reacted and termed Pakistan’s reference as “most unfortunate”, Pakistan Foreign Ministry Friday said that “it is a fact that people of J&K is awaiting for RSD’.
Pakistan PM’s advisor Sartaj Aziz had on Thursday raised the issue at Asian African summit 2015 held in Indonesia.
“It is most unfortunate that Pakistan has once again chosen to use an international forum such as this to make tendentious remarks about the state of Jammu and Kashmir, which is an integral part of India,” Indian External Affairs Ministry had reacted on Thursday.
While in response on Friday, the Foreign Ministry of Pakistan said, “What Pakistan has stated is a fact, that the people of Jammu and Kashmir are still awaiting the fulfilment of their inalienable right to self-determination.”
Pakistani Foreign Ministry also dismissed the Indian contention that the Jakarta Meet was ‘not a relevant forum’ for raising the contentious issue by observing that “fundamental rights and the right to self-determination was the cornerstone of the Bandung Declaration”.
It maintained that “Pakistan is ready to discuss the Jammu and Kashmir issue bilaterally with India”, however, it said that the issue was not merely a bilateral matter.
“It is also an international issue, and is on the agenda of the UN.”