New Delhi, August 9: Slamming Pakistan by asking it to stop meddling in internal matters of India, the Narendra Modi led government advised its neighbouring to reconsider its decision to suspend the Samjhauta and Thar Express train services between the two countries over New Delhi's recent move to scrap Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.
Addressing a press briefing, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, “It is important to understand that the action taken by Pakistan is unilateral. We have urged them to reconsider the decision. Pakistan is doing this to present a very alarming situation but that is not the case. It is time for Pakistan to accept the reality and stop interfering in internal affairs of other countries.”
Commenting on Pakistan's move to suspend Samjhauta and Thar Express train services between the two countries, the Raveesh Kumar said, “It is time for Pakistan to accept the reality and stop interfering in internal affairs of other countries.” He also clarified that the Pakistani airspace is not closed and only re-routing has been done while maintaining that the airspace is operational.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) also issued a statement in which it said, “Centre's recent move on Jammu and Kashmir is an entirely internal affair.”
The government also categorically rejected Pakistan's ‘unilateral’ move to downgrade diplomatic ties and asked Islamabad to review them so that normal channels for diplomatic communications are preserved.
The statement issued by the MEA said, “The Constitution of India was, is and will always be a sovereign matter. Seeking to interfere in that jurisdiction by invoking an alarmist vision of the region will never succeed.”
MEA further added, “The Government of India regrets the steps announced by Pakistan yesterday and would urge that country to review them so that normal channels for diplomatic communications are preserved.”