SRINAGAR: India on Thursday lambasted Pakistan for needlessly internationalising the Kashmir issue, asserting it was not the main cause of tension between the two countries and that externally sponsored terrorism was the central issue.
External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup also said Pakistan needs to end its illegal occupation of parts of Jammu and Kashmir and stop interfering in Indias internal matters.
We completely reject the insinuations by the vested interests against India which has rightful sovereignty over the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir. We also stress that there are no global dimensions of the Kashmir issue except in the minds of those who seek to needlessly internationalise a bilateral matter.
Pakistan needs to vacate its illegal occupation of parts of Jammu and Kashmir and address the suffering caused to millions in those parts, he said.
He was asked to comment on a conference in Islamabad organised to discuss global dimension of Kashmir issue.
When asked about Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussains comments on Wednesday that India was running away from talks, Mr. Swarup said, The main cause for lack of peace and continued instability in our region is externally sponsored terrorism and Pakistans repeated interference in internal affairs of India.
Kashmir main cause of tension: Pak President
Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain on Wednesday said Kashmir was the main cause of tension in the region.
Addressing the joint session of Parliament, he said: Kashmir is an unfinished agenda of the partition of the sub-continent. This is the main cause of tension in the region.
As long as the issue is not resolved in accordance with the wishes of the Kashmiri people and UN resolutions, the problems of the region will remain unresolved, he added.
The President also urged India to reciprocate Pakistans sincere overtures for dialogue.
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