Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s remarks in a CNN interview that there would be no redrawing of borders in Kashmir evoked a sharp response from Pakistan on Monday which said the “dispute” must be settled according to the U.N. resolutions on the issue.

In a statement, Foreign Ministry spokesman Abdul Basit “reminded India that Jammu and Kashmir is a disputed territory awaiting settlement in accordance with the relevant United Nations resolutions and aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.”

India was only one of the parties to the dispute, he said, and was not entitled to “unilaterally change the status of the dispute or place preconditions in open contradiction to the right of self-determination of Kashmiris.”


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