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PoK an integral part of India: Antony

chandigarh Updated: Aug 13, 2012 19:11 IST

Defence minister AK Antony on Monday reiterated India's stance on Pakistan-occupied Kashmir by saying that though India was committed to resolving all outstanding matters with the neigbouring country bilaterally and peacefully, Pakistan was yet to vacate parts of Jammu and Kashmir it had occupied "illegally and forcibly".

"A part of the territory of the state (Jammu and Kashmir) is under illegal and forcible occupation of Pakistan. The issue that remains to be resolved is the vacation by Pakistan of the area under its illegal occupation," defence minister A K Antony told the Lok Sabha.

He went on to say that Siachen was an integral part of India.

Replying to a question on the demilitarisation of Siachen glacier, he said: "The area of Siachen glacier is an integral part of India. Government's principled and consistent position is that the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of the Indian Union."

Antony said India was committed to resolve all outstanding issues with Pakistan bilaterally and peacefully in accordance with the Simla Agreement and Lahore Declaration.

On Ceasefire Line (CFL) between the two nations, he said: "The CFL has to be interpreted in the light of the Karachi Agreement 1949 and the Simla Agreement 1972. The LC is interpreted to run northwards to glacier from point NJ 9842 and as per the principles of International Law along the watershed formation by the Saltoro Range."