India strongly protests proposed Pakistan-China bus service via Pakistan-administered Kashmir

India said Wednesday that it has filed strong protests with China and Pakistan against the proposed bus service between them since it runs through Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PaK). It calls it a violation of “India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

According to reports, the bus service will be launched on between Lahore in Pakistan and Kashgar in China via Pakistan-administered Kashmir on November 13 under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project. While the new bus facility is seen as an example of increasing ties between Pakistan and China, India has registered its protest over the fact that the route passes through PaK, which it maintains is an Indian territory.

“We have lodged strong protests with China and Pakistan on the proposed bus service that will operate through Pakistan-occupied Jammu and Kashmir under the so-called China-Pakistan Economic Corridor,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in response to queries from the media.

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