Pakistan dismisses India’s comments on bus service to China

A private company said that work was underway for a proposed bus service between Pakistan and China to be launched this week. If the plans see the light of day, it would ply buses from Lahore to Kashgar. (Photo courtesy: NSTN Facebook page)
Updated 02 November 2018

Pakistan dismisses India’s comments on bus service to China

  • Insists it was protesting against “frivolous issues”
  • New Delhi says initiative would be a “violation of India’s sovereignty”

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday said it rejected India’s comments protesting the launch of a luxury bus service between Islamabad and Beijing, adding that by “raising frivolous issues,” New Delhi cannot “mislead the international community.”
“We reject the Indian Ministry of External Affairs’ (MEA) purported protest and statement regarding bus service through the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). India’s repeated regurgitation of claims over India-held Kashmir can neither change the facts of history nor the legality of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute,” Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
A private company, namely the North-South Transport Network (NSTN), said that work was underway to kickstart the service this week, which would operate from Lahore to Kashgar in China, adding that it had undertaken the initiative under the flagship of the CPEC project.
Opposing the plans, India said on Wednesday: “We have lodged strong protests with China and Pakistan on the proposed bus service that will operate through Pakistan Occupied Jammu and Kashmir under the so-called ‘China-Pakistan Economic Corridor’. It is Government of India’s consistent and well-known position that the so-called China-Pakistan "Boundary Agreement" of 1963 is illegal and invalid, and has never been recognized by the Government of India,” the Indian MEA said in a statement.
The statement added that any such bus service through Pakistan Occupied Jammu and Kashmir would be a “violation of India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry responded by saying that as per the resolutions set by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir is disputed, the final status of which is to be determined through a democratic and impartial plebiscite to be held under the auspices of the UN.
“In complete violation of the UNSC resolutions, and against the wishes of the Kashmiri people, India continues to maintain its illegal hold over Indian occupied Jammu & Kashmir through brutal use of force. It may be recalled that Indian leaders had committed to hold the plebiscite,” the statement said.
“We call upon India to vacate its illegal occupation. We also call upon India to allow the Commission of Inquiry (COI) recommended by the OHCHR to investigate human rights violations, and resolve the Jammu &Kashmir dispute in accordance with the UNSC resolutions and wishes of the Kashmiri people,” the statement added.
Pakistan and China are linked through a land route which is used for both trade and travel. In 2015, the two countries launched the CPEC, a flagship project worth $60 billion.
Both the countries maintain traditionally-close, cooperative and friendly ties in diverse fields and the CPEC involves a host of projects which connects China's Xinjiang province with Pakistan's Gwadar port in Balochistan province.


Makkah governor, Pakistan’s consul general discuss Hajj arrangements

Updated 05 February 2020

Makkah governor, Pakistan’s consul general discuss Hajj arrangements

  • Majid presented a painting of Islamabad’s Faisal Mosque, named after King Faisal, to the Makkah governor
  • Prince Khaled welcomed the consul general and recalled fond memories of his visit to Pakistan many years ago

MAKKAH: Khalid Majid, consul general of Pakistan in Jeddah, recently paid a courtesy call to Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal.
Majid expressed his gratitude for the facilities extended to the Pakistani mission as well as to the Pakistani community in the Kingdom.
Prince Khaled welcomed the consul general and recalled fond memories of his visit to Pakistan many years ago, and acknowledged the cordial relations between the two countries.
Issues related to the Pakistani community and upcoming Hajj arrangements were also discussed. The consul general extended an invitation to Prince Khaled to visit Pakistan at his earliest convenience, which was accepted.
Majid presented a painting of Islamabad’s Faisal Mosque, named after King Faisal, to the Makkah governor.