New Delhi: India on Tuesday “categorically rejected” a “farcical” resolution passed recently by the Pakistan Parliament to denounce the other country’s delimitation exercise in Jammu and Kashmir. The Foreign Ministry issued a statement in which it said, “We categorically reject the farcical resolution passed by the National Assembly of Pakistan on the subject of the delimitation exercise in the Indian Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.”
“Pakistan has no locus standi to pronounce on or interfere in matters that are internal to India, including the Indian territories under Pakistan’s illegal and forcible occupation,” it underlined.
We categorically reject farcical resolution passed by the National Assembly of Pakistan on delimitation exercise in J&K. Pakistan has no locus standi to pronounce on or interfere in matters that are internal to India, incl Indian territories under Pak’s illegal occupation: MEA pic.twitter.com/vv8g8lwq97
— ANI (@ANI) May 17, 2022
“The delimitation exercise in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir is a democratic exercise based on the principles of extensive stakeholder consultation and participation. It is regrettable that instead of putting their own house in order, the leadership in Pakistan continues to interfere in India’s internal affairs and engage in baseless and provocative anti-India propaganda,” the statement further read.
This statement was issued in response to media queries regarding the resolution passed by the Pakistan National Assembly last week.
Pakistan Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, who moved the resolution, had alleged India’s move is aimed at artificially altering the electoral strength of Jammu and Kashmir, news agency reported.
Earlier, the Foreign Ministry had asked the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to refrain from “unwarranted” comments on Jammu and Kashmir.
“The OIC should refrain from carrying out its communal agenda vis-a-vis India at the behest of one country,” the Ministry spokesperson said in an oblique reference to Pakistan.
A proposal was recently submitted by a panel on increasing the assembly seats from 83 to 90 in the union territory. This is the first major exercise at this scale after J&K’s special status was scrapped.
In the proposal, 43 seats have been earmarked for the Hindu-majority Jammu region and 47 to Muslim-majority Kashmir. Among the seven new seats, six are for Jammu and one for Kashmir.
However, days after the report came out, the opposition called the proposal “politically motivated”.
Last week, the Supreme Court had issued notice to the centre, Jammu and Kashmir administration, and Election Commission of India (ECI) on a petition challenging the decision to constitute the delimitation commission for redrawing the assembly and Lok Sabha constituencies in the union territory.