India rebuffs Pak on statement on Kashmir

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New Delhi, Jul 11 (UNI) India today rebuffed Pakistan asking it to refrain from interfering in India's internal affairs and vitiating the atmosphere.

In response to questions regarding a press release by the Pakistan Foreign Ministry on July five on Kashmir, External Affairs Ministry spokesman Navtej Sarna said the statement (by the Pakistan Foreign Ministry) constituted ''gross interference'' in India's internal affairs.

''We have seen the press release of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Pakistan on July 5 commenting gratuitously on a demonstration in Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir.

The statement constitutes gross interference in the internal affairs of India. The Government of Pakistan spokesmen should refrain from vitiating the atmosphere by such remarks,'' Mr Sarna said.

Pakistan had on Saturday condemned and expressed deep regret on the use of force against demonstrators in Kashmir and described it as violation of Human Rights.

Pakistan's Foreign Office spokesman Muhammad Sadiq while commenting on the demonstrations on the Amarnath land transfer issue, had stressed the need to create an enabling environment for the success of peace process between the two countries and the resolution of the Kashmir issue.

Foreign Ministers of the two countries held talks twice during the past two months, first in Islamabad in May and last month in New Delhi to launch the fifth round of the Composite Dialogue Process.


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