A day after India scraps Article 370, China stops granting Visas to Indians for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • China stopped granting visas to a group of Indians who were planning to be at the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra
  • The formation of Ladakh as a Union Territory and the Chinese reaction evoked a sharp response from New Delhi
  • The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill 2019, introduced by the Government in Parliament proposes the formation of a new “Union Territory of Ladakh” and “Jammu & Kashmir”

The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill 2019, introduced by the Narendra Modi-led BJP government in Parliament proposes the formation of a new “Union Territory of Ladakh” and “Jammu & Kashmir”.

New Delhi: China has stopped granting visas to a group of Indians who were planning to be at the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra on Wednesday. This comes hours after Article 370 was removed. Ladakh is a new union territory followed by Jammu and Kashmir.

The formation of Ladakh as a Union Territory and the Chinese reaction evoked a sharp response from New Delhi.

Following the government’s decision to revoke Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and split the state into union territories, China on Tuesday asked both India and Pakistan to exercise restraint and voicing “serious concern” over the situation in Kashmir, ANI reported.

The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill 2019, introduced by the Government in Parliament proposes the formation of a new “Union Territory of Ladakh” and “Jammu & Kashmir”.

Hours after China’s statement, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that India never comments on the internal affairs of other countries and similarly it expects other countries to do likewise.

Kumar mentioned that India and China had agreed to maintain peace and tranquillity along their border until a mutually acceptable solution is found on the issue.

“So far as the India-China Boundary Question is concerned, the two sides have agreed to a fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable settlement of the boundary question on the basis of the Political Parameters and Guiding Principles for the Settlement of India-China Boundary Question. Pending such a settlement, both sides have agreed to maintain peace and tranquillity in the border areas on the basis of the relevant agreements,” ANI quoted Kumar as saying.

Earlier in the day, China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying said that India’s move to split Jammu and Kashmir undermines China’s territorial sovereignty.

“China is always opposed to India’s inclusion of the Chinese territory in the western sector of the China-India boundary into its administrative jurisdiction. This firm and consistent position remain unchanged. Recently India has continued to undermine China’s territorial sovereignty by unilaterally changing its domestic law,” the spokesperson said.

“Such practice is unacceptable and will not come into force. We urge India to exercise prudence in words and deeds concerning the boundary question, strictly abide by relevant agreements concluded between the two sides and avoid taking any move that may further complicate the boundary question,” it added.

The Jammu and Kashmir (Reorganisation) Bill, 2019, paved the way for the Centre to see and convert it into a Union Territory followed by Ladakh.

Source: Times Now

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