A plan by the Indian government to resettle thousands of Kashmiri Pandits to new townships in the Muslim-majority portion of Kashmir is a violation of UN Security Council resolutions, the Pakistani government claims.
The Himalayan region in question is claimed by both India and Pakistan and the two nations of gone to war twice over the territory since independence in 1947.
Pakistan has long pressed for the implementation of decades-old U.N. resolutions calling for a referendum for the region to decide its future.
India says the United Nations has no role in Kashmir.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist government announced the re-settlement plan in April.
However, a Pakistan Foreign Ministry official said the move was unacceptable.
“Any effort to create special dedicated townships or zones, or any other step to alter the demographic make-up of Jammu and Kashmir, is in violation of the U.N. Security Council resolutions,” said Tasneem Aslam.
“We have already seen how the people of Jammu and Kashmir are resisting it,” she added.
She did not elaborate, but was apparently referring to recent protests in Indian Kashmir.
Between 200,000 and 300,000 Hindus are estimated to have fled Kashmir after an armed revolt against New Delhi’s rule erupted in 1989. Mr Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party has long vowed to return them to their homes.
Kashmiri separatists say the plan for townships for Hindus is an Israel-style policy of creating settlements in occupied territory.
About 100,000 people have been killed in the separatist revolt in Indian Kashmir that India says is financed by Pakistan.
Pakistan denies the accusation, saying it only gives moral and diplomatic support to the Kashmiri people facing rights abuses at the hands of the Indian army.
After years of anti-insurgency operations by Indian forces violence has ebbed in Kashmir over recent years.
The nuclear-armed neighbours occasionally hold rounds of talks aimed at improving relations but there has been no sign of any compromise on Kashmir.