The Ministry of External Affairs in India has reiterated that Jammu and Kashmir is an inalienable and integral part of the country and that Article 370, which pertains to the region, is entirely a matter of India’s sovereignty.

The statement was made in response to tweets by Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari about Jammu and Kashmir. The Indian ministry also condemned the foreign minister’s “uncivilized outburst” against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and suggested that Pakistan focus on addressing its own issues with terrorism. Union Minister Anurag Thakur also criticized the foreign minister’s statement, calling it a “shameful” attempt to replicate Pakistan’s defeat by India in 1971. Pakistan has previously raised the issue of Kashmir at the United Nations General Assembly and expressed a desire for peace with India, but has also been placed on the grey list of the Financial Action Task Force for its involvement in terrorism.

Earlier, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) also slammed the Pakistan foreign minister over his ‘uncivilised outburst’ at PM Modi, saying “these comments are a new low, even for Pakistan.” “Pakistan’s foreign minister’s frustration would be better directed towards the masterminds of terrorist enterprises in his own country, who have made terrorism a part of their state policy. Pakistan needs to change its own mindset or remain a pariah,” MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi had said.

“The statement of the foreign minister of Pakistan is very shameful and it is an attempt to replicate the way in which the Pakistan Army was defeated by the Indian Army on this day in 1971. Maybe he is still in pain. The world has seen Pakistan’s actions and intentions. They have been giving shelter to terrorists for a long time. PM Modi has taken strict actions against terrorism. The US killed Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan and India did a surgical strike in Pakistan,” said Union Minister Anurag Thakur.

“India must take credible steps to create enabling environment for constructive engagement. We are neighbours and we are there forever, the choice is ours whether we live in peace or keep on fighting with each other,” Pakistan PM Shehbaz Sharif said at UNGA.

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