Sushma Swaraj claims, Pakistan occupied Indian territory in Kashmir - TNBCLive

On Wednesday, the government of India has said that it has repeatedly called upon Pakistan to immediately leave all areas under its illegal occupation and it made this declaration to Islamabad last month.

While responding to a question in Lok Sabha, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that India’s “consistent and principled” position is that the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir has been and shall be an integral part of India.

Pakistan has been in an illegal job of approximately 78000 sq. km of Indian territory in the state, said Ms. Swaraj.

In a written reply, she continued that “Under the so-called ‘Boundary Agreement’ signed between China and Pakistan on March 2, 1963, Pakistan illegally ceded 5,180 sq km of Indian territory in Pakistan-occupied Jammu and Kashmir to China.”

Without elaborating on whether the issue was raised with Pakistan, Ms. Swaraj said that “we have repeatedly and consistently called upon Pakistan to immediately vacate all areas under its illegal occupation, most recently on November 30, 2018.”

Pakistan continued to be in forcible and illegal occupation of a part of the state, asserted the External Affairs Minister.

To another question raised in Lok Sabha over the number of incursion in Doklam during 2014-18, External Affairs Minister of State, VK Singh said that “Doklam is part of the territory of Bhutan.”

India government has regularly taken up any transgression along the LoC (Line of Actual Control) with the side of China through the established mechanism and through diplomatic channels.

To another question on whether the External Affairs Ministry or any other officials have signed any agreement with the French government for the procurement of Rafale fighter jets deal, Mr. Singh replied, “No.”

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