China-Pakistan Bus Service: India strongly protests

Pakistan and China are all set to launch China-Pakistan bus service between Lahore in Pakistan and Kashgar in China which will pass through PoK. As the bus service runs through J&K, which is a part of Indian Territory, India strongly, protests the bus service. China defends Pakistan on the grounds that it has nothing to do with the territorial dispute.

 

The service is proposed to be started under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Project. The bus will pass through Pakistan occupied Kashmir. India has always considered the “so-called China-Pakistan Boundary Agreement of 1963” as illegal and invalid, India has lodged a strong protest against this.

 

“Therefore any such bus service through Pakistan occupied Kashmir will be a violation of India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”, said Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar.

 

The launch of the bus service is scheduled to be held on November 3. The launch will coincide with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to China, which is scheduled from Nov 1 to Nov 5.

 

China has come forward and defended the proposed bus service. It says that the bus service has nothing to do with the territorial dispute between India and Pakistan and it doesn’t change its stand on Kashmir.

 

China’s stand on Kashmir issue is that the Kashmir issue should be resolved bilaterally between India and Pakistan through dialogue and consultation. As for its own border, it does not share it with Pakistan.

 

India and Afghanistan share a border which is cut off by Pakistan as it has occupied a part of Kashmir, called Pakistan occupied Kashmir. The PoK covers the Gilgit-Baltistan region which is the only link between China and Pakistan.

 

China while defending Pakistan, said that “cooperation between China and Pakistan has nothing to do with the territorial dispute and will not affect China’s principled position on Kashmir.”

 

Chinese Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said, “We were not aware of India’s diplomatic protest. But on the issue of Kashmir, China’s position is clear-cut. We made it clear many times.” China said that it is just and economic cooperation between China and Pakistan and is not targeted against any third party.

 

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