New Delhi: Amid the prolonged Sino-India military stand-off along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), India has taken strong exception to China’s attempt to initiate a discussion in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on issues pertaining to the Indian Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

India has firmly rejected China’s interference in its internal affairs and urged it to draw proper conclusions from such “infructuous attempts”.

Anurag Srivastava, spokesperson, the ministry of external affairs (MEA) today (August 6) said in a statement that ‘‘we have noted that China initiated a discussion in the UN Security Council on issues pertaining to the Indian Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir. This was not the first time that China has sought to raise a subject that is solely an internal matter of India. As on such previous occasions, this attempt too met with little support from the international community. We firmly reject China’s interference in our internal affairs and urge it to draw proper conclusions from such infructuous attempts.’’

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In response to a media query on Chinese MFA spokesperson’s comment on Jammu and Kashmir, Srivastava had said yesterday that ‘‘we have noted the comments of the Chinese MFA spokesperson on the Indian Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. The Chinese side has no locus standi whatsoever on this matter and is advised not to comment on the internal affairs of other nations.’’

Swatantra Dev Singh, Uttar Pradesh BJP state president, said, “One year ago on the 5th of August 2019, the Parliament of India took the historic decision to reorganise the erstwhile State of Jammu and Kashmir into the two new Union Territories of Ladakh and Jammu & Kashmir. With the support of an overwhelming majority in both the Upper and Lower Houses of Parliament, representing the will of over a billion Indian citizens, a landmark law was passed repealing the temporary but discriminatory provisions in the Constitution of India, thereby making Kashmir a truly integral and inalienable part of India.”

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“China has been acting as ‘Begaani shaadi mein Abdullah deewana’. It has no right in interfering in India’s internal matters. A year on, our government has made every concerted effort to bring the people of Kashmir into the mainstream by promoting socio-economic development that was denied to them for over seven long decades. The positive changes during the past year in the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir are evident for all to see,” Singh added.