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NEW DELHI: Even when Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed refrained from mentioning the Kashmir issue in a joint press release with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, the MEA told parliament on Wednesday that both in Kashmir and In the CAA, India “hopes that these countries will not comment on the internal affairs of India; respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of India; and develop an adequate understanding of the problem.”

A joint statement issued by Malaysia and Pakistan at the end of Khan’s visit simply recorded that Imran Khan had raised the Kashmir problem during his talks with Mahathir. The statement did not specify that both parties had agreed in Kashmir. The statement read: “The Prime Minister of Pakistan informed the Prime Minister of Malaysia about the illegal and unilateral actions of the Indian Government of August 5, 2019 …”

It could be a sign that Mahathir may be coming down from his previous strident position in Kashmir and CAA. After India hit Malaysia with a virtual ban on palm oil imports from that country, Mahathir said surprisingly that he would not retaliate. In recent weeks, Malaysia has increased its sugar imports from India as a sweetener.

Meanwhile, the MEA in a written response to Parliament’s Questions in Lok Sabha said that the government had informed members of the international community “about the facts related to Jammu and Kashmir and also shared perspectives on the Citizens Amendment Act , 2019 “.

The problems with Malaysia began when Mahathir told the UN general assembly in September last year that India had “invaded and occupied” Kashmir. Despite a strong rejection from India, Mahathir had refused to back down. This led India to curb imports of palm oil from Malaysia. Imran Khan promised to buy more palm oil from Malaysia to compensate for the gap created by India. However, according to official figures, India imported 4.4 million tons from Malaysia in 2019, while Pakistan had taken just over 1 million tons.

Interestingly, Khan’s visit to Kuala Lumpur also saw Malaysia agreeing to maintain the “centrality” of the OIC as the world’s leading organization of Islamic countries. Malaysia, along with Turkey, Iran and Pakistan, were trying to build an alternative grouping of Islamic countries, which Saudi Arabia rejected when they persuaded Pakistan to stay away.

Meanwhile, the MEA told Parliament that countries “have demonstrated understanding … that issues related to Jammu and Kashmir, which is an integral part of India, are internal to India; and that Pakistan-sponsored cross-border terrorism It has been a serious threat and has affected the lives of the people of India, even in Jammu and Kashmir. ”Faced with criticism from global media and civil society, the government said the Indian position on CAA is that it is” an affirmative action aimed at addressing the long-standing situation of vulnerable sections living in India; and that it does not affect in any way the status of any citizen of India nor deprives any Indian of the faith of his citizenship. ”

On December 13, the UN Commissioner for Human Rights criticized the CAA, which the government described as “inaccurate and unjustified.” “The government immediately registered its protest with the office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and clearly stated that the legislation is a humanitarian measure and is in line with the international human rights obligations of India.”

Times of India