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India slams Kashmir reference in Pak-Malaysia joint observation

New Delhi, Feb 6:
India on Thursday reacted sharply to the reference to Jammu and Kashmir in a
Pakistan-Malaysia joint statement, saying the Malaysian leadership should
develop a better understanding of facts and acknowledge that “Pakistan remains
an epicentre of global terrorism”.

Ministry of
External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said India completely rejects the
references made with respect to Jammu and Kashmir, which is an integral and
inalienable part of India.

“We once
again call upon the Malaysian leadership to develop better understanding of the
facts, including that Pakistan remains an epicentre of global terrorism, which
continues to recruit, train, arm and finance cross-border terrorism against
India,” he said.

A joint statement
issued by Malaysia and Pakistan at the end of Prime Minister Imran Khan”s
visit recorded that the Pakistani premier had raised the issue of Kashmir
during talks with hisMalaysian counterpart Mahathir bin Mohamad.

Khan had also
thanked Mahathir bin Mohamad for “speaking up” on the Kashmir issue.

India-Malaysia
ties have been hit in recent times following the remarks by Malaysia on the
Citizenship (Amendment) Act and the Kashmir issue.

In December,
India had summoned the Charge d”Affairs of the Malaysian embassy and lodged a
strong protest with him over the Malaysian prime minister”s
“insensitive” comments criticising the new citizenship law.

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