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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Tuesday categorically rejected Indian assertion with regard to the new political map, saying 'India has been in illegal occupation of parts of Jammu and Kashmir since 1947 and has continuously violated UN Security Council resolutions for decades.

"We categorically reject the statement made by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Pakistan's political map," Foreign Office spokesperson Aisha Farooqui said in response of her Indian counterpart's statement with regard to Pakistan's new political map in which the Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir has been shown as part of Pakistan but under the illegal occupation of New Delhi.

Through sophistry and obfuscation, Farooqui said that India cannot create a smokescreen for its illegal and unacceptable actions in Indian occupied Jammu & Kashmir, including those taken since 5 August 2019.

"It is preposterous for a country that is compulsively expansionist, and a brazen practitioner of state-terrorism, to level charges against others," she said. She added that India has been in illegal occupation of parts of Jammu & Kashmir since 1947 and has continuously violated UN Security Council resolutions for decades. Despite its brutal suppression of Kashmiris for over 72 years, India has been unable to force them into submission.

She said that Pakistan's position remains clear and unambiguous. The solution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute lies in the realization of the Kashmiris' inalienable right to self-determination through a free and impartial plebiscite under the auspices of the United Nations, she added.

She said that the Government, leadership and people of Pakistan remain firmly committed to the solution of the Jammu & Kashmir dispute in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions and the wishes of the Kashmiri people. The political map issued by Pakistan emphatically reaffirms this abiding commitment, she added.

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