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India criticizes Kashmir reference in joint statement Pak-Malaysia | India News

NEW DELHI: India reacted sharply on Thursday to the reference to Jammu and Kashmir in a joint statement between Pakistan and Malaysia, saying that the Malaysian leadership should develop a better understanding of the facts and recognize that Pakistan remains an epicenter of global terrorism.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar said that India completely rejects the references made regarding Jammu and Kashmir, which is an integral and inalienable part of India.

“Once again, we ask the leaders of Malaysia to develop a better understanding of the facts, including that Pakistan continues to be an epicenter 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 prime minister had raised the Kashmir problem during talks with his Malaysian counterpart, Mahathir bin Mohamad.

Khan also thanked Mahathir bin Mohamad for “talking” about the topic of Kashmir.

The ties between India and Malaysia have recently been affected by Malaysian statements on the Citizenship Law (Amendment) and the issue of Kashmir.

In December, India summoned the Charg√© d’affaires of the Malaysian embassy and presented a strong protest with him over the “insensitive” comments of the Malaysian Prime Minister who criticized the new citizenship law.

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