Muzaffarabad protests outcome of Pakistan’s ‘systemic plundering’, says India

Clashes in Muzaffarabad.

New Delhi: Reacting to protests witnessed in Muzaffarabad last week, India has said that it was because of Pakistan’s continued policy of “systemic plundering of resources” from the region.

India also said that the entire Union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh “have been, are and shall always remain integral parts of India”.

Violent protests erupted in Muzaffarabad over rising costs of food, fuel and essential utilities as Pakistan reels under a severe economic crisis.

“We have seen reports on protests in several areas,” external affairs ministry spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal said at his weekly media briefing.

He was responding to a question on the protests in Pakistan-administrered Kashmir.

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