India to Malaysia: We’re buddies…remember that!

India to Malaysia: We’re buddies…remember that!

The Indian government yesterday urged Malaysia to stop making uninformed statements on Jammu and Kashmir,  and remember the good ties both nations enjoy.

In a report by The Economic Times, India’s External Affairs Ministry reminded Malaysia that Jammu and Kashmir had signed the Instrument of Accession in the past, like all other princely states, to join the federation.

“Pakistan invaded and illegally occupied parts of Jammu and Kashmir. The government of Malaysia should bear in mind the friendly relations between the two countries and desist from making such remarks,” said its spokesperson Raveesh Kumar.

Last week, Malaysian prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad accused India of ‘invading and occupying’ Kashmir during the United Nations general assembly.

“Despite UN resolution on Jammu and Kashmir, the country has been invaded and occupied. There may be reasons for this action but it is still wrong.

“The problem must be solved by peaceful means. India should work with Pakistan to resolve this problem.

“Ignoring the UN would lead to other forms of disregard for the UN and the rule of law,” Mahathir was reported saying.

Both Pakistan and India claim Kashmir in full. However, Pakistan, India and even China control certain parts of the Himalayan region.

In Aug, India abolished Article 370 of the Indian Constitution which gave autonomy to Jammu and Kashmir. Article 370 explicitly stated that it was a “temporary provision”.

The revocation drew huge outcry from Kashmiris and Pakistan. India had sent troops to control the situation there and reports of human rights abuse are emerging at India’s side of Kashmir.

Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan had even threatened a ‘nuclear war’ over the matter but insists he would not strike first.