Thursday, November 1, 2018

India lodges strong protests with China, Pakistan over bus service via PoK under CPEC project

New Delhi: India aforesaid it's lodged strong protests on Wednesday with China and Pakistan over a planned bus service between the 2 countries through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) under the China-Pakistan Economic corridor (CPEC) project.

Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Raveesh Kumar aforesaid on Wednesday the bus service will be a violation of India's sovereignty and territorial integrity.
According to reports, the new bus service are launched between Lahore in Pakistan and Kashgar in China via Pakistan-occupied Kashmir on 13 November.
Kumar aforesaid it's been India's consistent and well-known position that the "so-called China-Pakistan 'Boundary Agreement' of 1963 is illegal and invalid, and has never been recognised by the govt of India."
"Therefore, any such bus service through Pakistan Occupied Jammu and Kashmir are a violation of India's sovereignty and territorial integrity," he added.
The MEA spokesperson was responding to media queries regarding the proposed bus service.
The $50-billion CPEC, launched in 2015, could be a planned network of roads, railways and energy projects linking China's resource-rich Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region with Pakistan's strategic Gwadar Port on the Arabian Sea.

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