NEW DELHI: India’s minister of state for external affairs VK Singh told the Lok Sabha on Wednesday that in the wake of the attack on the Pathankot air force base and the protests in Kashmir, the threat of “cross-border terrorism and infiltration from the side of Pakistan has increased”.
“In response to Pakistan’s recent statements in support of known terrorists killed in India, government has asked Pakistan to stop all terrorism and anti-India activities in Pakistan or territories under its control,” Singh said.
The minister said the government remains continuously vigilant and “firm” in its resolve to safeguard India’s security and territorial integrity.
Singh told Rajya Sabha that Pakistan was in “illegal and forcible” occupation of 78,000 sq km of Indian territory in Jammu and Kashmir, that “China continues to be in illegal occupation of 38,000 sq km in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir”, and “In addition, under the so-called ‘Sino-Pakistan Boundary Agreement of 1963’, Pakistan illegally ceded 5,180 sq km of Indian territory in Pakistan occupied Kashmir to China.”
Replying to questions on Kashmir in Lok Sabha, Singh said that the government was aware of infrastructure projects being constructed by China in Pakistan administered Kashmir. “Government keeps a constant watch on all developments having a bearing on India’s national interest and takes all necessary measures to safeguard it.”
Replying to a separate question, Singh said the government was aware of reports that the Tibet Military Command’s political rank will be elevated by China to one level higher than its counterpart provincial-level military commands, and that it will come directly under the leadership of People’s Liberation Army (PLA).