NEW DELHI: The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has said that Pakistan has “no locus standi” to comment on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to Jammu and Kashmir.
The MEA’s response came after Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif had termed PM Modi’s recent visit to Jammu as “staged”.
“I do not understand the word ‘staged’ that Shehbaz Sharif used. Everyone knows about the changes in J&K. It means they are trying to present a view that the visit did not take place. Pakistan has no locus standi on Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistan commenting on this matter is wrong,” MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said on Thursday.
He also said that PM Modi received a warm welcome in J&K on April 24 and therefore Pakistan’s statement on the PM’s visit was absolutely inappropriate.
Taking to Twitter on April 25, Pak PM Sharif said, “Indian PM’s staged visit to IIOJK (Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir) and laying foundation stones of hydroelectric projects, in contravention of Indus Waters Treaty, is another desperate attempt to project false “normalcy” in occupied territory. We stand with Kashmiris as they rejected the visit and observed Black Day.”
On a question on India’s reaction to Tuesday’s blast in Karachi, the MEA spokesperson said, “Our stance against all forms of terrorism anywhere has been consistent. And condemning it. This particular incident only underlines that all countries take an undifferentiated position against terrorism.”
Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) claimed responsibility for the lone wolf attack in Karachi which left three Chinese nationals and a Pakistani citizen dead.