Sunday, 17 October 2021

Mahathir refuses to retract Kashmir statement despite Indian pressure

KAULA LUMPUR: Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has refused to succumb to Indian pressure for changing his stance on the Kashmir issue.

“We don’t give criticism to side with anyone, but we call for both parties to discuss, use arbitration or go to the court of law, not to resort to violence,” he said while speaking to the media at parliamentary lobby in Kaula Lumpur.

He also urged finding ways and means to sort out Kashmir dispute, saying that he had raised the issue with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi during their meeting in the Russian city of Vladivostok.

The Malaysian PM reiterated the Kashmir dispute must be resolved in accordance with the UN resolutions. “It is Malaysia’s policy not to resort to violence but to resolve issues through negotiations, arbitration and the court of law,” he added.

“Despite UN resolution on Jammu and Kashmir, the country has been invaded and occupied. India should work with Pakistan to resolve this problem as ignoring the UN will lead to other forms of disregard for the UN and the rule of Law,” he said.

Mahathir had previously hit out at the Indian government over atrocities its committing in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir during his address at the 74th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), where he called for settling the Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan through peaceful means.

Following his address at UNGA, #BoycottMalaysia was launched by the supporters of nationalist Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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