'Pakistan Should Desist From Laying Untenable Claims To Indian Territories': MoS MEA V Muraleedharan

Swarajya Staff

Sep 17, 2020, 05:34 PM | Updated 05:34 PM IST

Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan (pic via Twitter)
Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan (pic via Twitter)

Pakistan’s needling tactics of expanding its territorial claims on paper has encountered an outright refutation from the Indian government, reports ANI.

On the occasion of the first anniversary of the abrogation of Article 370, Imran Khan had released a new political map. In accordance with that, the neighboring country demonstrated the entirety of Jammu and Kashmir as a disputed territory.

Moreover, it claimed Siachen, Sir Creek and some parts of Junagadh that is situated in Gujarat as a part of the Pakistani region. V Muraleedharan, Minister of State for External Affairs, gave a strong rebuttal to “Pakistan’s obsession with territorial aggrandizement” in the Parliament on Thursday.

The BJP leader from Kerala spoke, “On 4 August 2020, a so-called political map of Pakistan was unveiled by its Prime Minister making absurd assertions and laying untenable claims to territories in the Indian state of Gujarat and our Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.”

“Government has rejected Pakistan's obsession with territorial aggrandisement supported by cross-border terrorism. It has also been emphasised that Pakistan should desist from laying untenable claims to Indian territories, which neither have legal validity nor international credibility,” Muraleedharan added.

The Minister also asserted for Pakistan to take credible, verifiable and irreversible action against terrorism if it wants to create a suitable environment for India to maintain normal neighborly relations with them.

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