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Protests over military exercise in Ladakh

Nirupama Subramanian

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan said on Monday that it summoned the Indian and British envoys to the Foreign Ministry and lodged a protest over Indo-British military exercise in the Ladakh mountains and their plan to hold similar exercises in Siachen.

“Pakistan feels that this is illegitimate activity because Jammu and Kashmir is internationally recognised disputed territory and more than any body else, Britain should be aware of it,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Tasneem Aslam said at a weekly briefing.

Demarches to Britain

Pakistan made demarches to Britain and India last week and expressed its concern over the exercises plan.

The spokesperson reiterated Pakistan’s protests against the Indian Army taking a trekking team to Siachen. “Indian military aggression into Siachen, its presence there and any activities that it sponsors in this area is illegal.” She said Indian presence there was illegal and in clear violation of Simla Agreement. “We have composite dialogue process with India and Siachen is one of the issues being discussed.”

Pakistan would certainly raise the issue in the composite dialogue, she said.

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