Pak Dismisses India's Concern Over Pak-China Rail Link8 July 2010
Islamabad: Pakistan today dismissed India's concern over a proposed Pakistan-China rail link through the disputed Gilgit-Baltistan region in PoK, saying New Delhi has 'no locus standi' in the matter. Abdul Basit, the Pakistani Foreign Office spokesman, dismissed India's objections to the Pakistan-China proposed rail link through the disputed Gilgit-Baltistan region in the Karakoram ranges. Amid concerns voiced by India over the rail link through the disputed Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK), he told a weekly news briefing here that New Delhi has 'no locus standi' in the matter and that its objections are 'uncalled for and irrelevant'. The rail link is a matter of concern to India as it passes through some of the disputed areas forming part of PoK. According to experts, the rail link is part of plan by China to encircle India through cooperation with its 'all weather' strategic partner.