India has lodged strong protests with Pakistan and China over a proposed bus service between the two countries, that runs through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), calling it a violation of “India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
According to reports, the bus service will be launched on between Lahore in Pakistan and Kashgar in China via Pakistan-occupied Kashmir on November 13, under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project.
While the new bus facility is seen as an example of increasing ties between Pakistan and China, India has registered its protest over the fact that the route passes through Pok, which it maintains is an Indian territory.
Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Raveesh Kumar has said the bus service will be a violation of India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. It has been 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 recognised by the Government of India, he added.