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China opposes unilateral Indian move to modify Kashmir status as India also claims Pakistan administered Kashmir

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"Kashmir is an integral part of India, there is no doubt over it. When I talk about Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan occupied Kashmir and Aksai Chin are included in it," he said.

Shah asked Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury: "How can you not consider Pakistan occupied Kashmir as a part of India. We will give our lives for this region. When I say Jammu and Kashmir, I also include PoK. As clearly mentioned in the Constitution, the boundaries of Jammu and Kashmir include PoK and Aksai Chin."

Pakistan Army firmly stands by Kashmiris

Reacting to Indian move on Kashmir, Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday affirmed that Pakistan Army stands by Kashmiris in their struggle and is prepared and shall go to any extent to fulfill its obligations against India's decision to legalize its occupation of Indian Occupied Kashmir through article 370 or 35-A.

General Bajwa presided over the corps commanders conference held at the General Headquarters (GHQ) on the single point agenda of the situation in the Indian-administered Kashmir.

"The forum fully supported the government's rejection of Indian actions regarding Kashmir. Pakistan never recognized the sham Indian efforts to legalise its occupation of Jammu & Kashmir through Article 370 or 35-A decades ago; efforts which have now been revoked by India itself," an army statement said.

"Pakistan never recognized the sham Indian efforts to legalise its occupation of Jammu and Kashmir through article 370 or 35-A decades ago efforts which have now been revoked by India itself."

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan

Addressing a joint session of parliament, Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday emphatically said Pakistan would never let India annex the state of Kashmir and would go to any lengths to counter the illegal constitutional steps taken there.

He said the revocation of articles 370 and 35A by the Indian government would intensify the freedom struggle.

He also said as India tried to suppress the Kashmiris, there would be reaction against them and New Delhi would be quick to blame Pakistan.

Imran Khan said the two nuclear states could not afford war but if India attempted any misadventure, it would get a befitting response. "We will fight till last drop of our blood like Tipu Sultan," he said, adding that in case of a war there would be no victors.

The prime minister said this was no nuclear blackmail but he was appealing to common sense. "Is the world prepared for this? We appeal to the world that a country is violating laws and there will be serious consequences if the world does not intervene," he said.

He said what the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government did now had not happened suddenly rather it was planned and was the election manifesto of the ruling elite and ingrained in the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) ideology.

Imran Khan said the ideology of RSS was that they wanted ethnic cleansing of Muslims and a separate state for Hindus only adding that what was being meted out to Muslims and other minorities for the last six years was the BJP government's ideology.

RSS advocates a Hindu nationalistic agenda under the banner of hindutva, or "Hindu-ness." The ruling BJP espouses RSS agenda to declare India a Hindu State by replacing the word 'Secular' in the Indian Constitution by the word 'Spiritual.'

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