India summons South Korean ambassador for statement on Kashmir

Hyundai’s partner in Pakistan released statement offensive to India.

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, NEW DELHI – India has summoned the Ambassador (Ambassador) of South Korea (South Korea) to express disappointment at a social media post by one of Hyundai Motor’s Pakistani partners, Nishat Group. The message reveals that Pakistan stands in solidarity with the Kashmiri people who are struggling for self-determination.

“The government’s deep dissatisfaction with Hyundai Pakistan’s unacceptable social media posts has been conveyed to it,” Indian Foreign Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi said.

“It has been emphasized that this matter concerns the territorial integrity of India which cannot be compromised. We hope that the company will take appropriate measures to properly address this issue,” he added.

The foreign ministers of India and South Korea are also said to have spoken on the subject by telephone. “South Korean Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong expressed regret during a conversation with Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Bagchi said.

As we know, India and Pakistan control part of Kashmir. But both lay claim to the entire Himalayan region.

The dispute over those comments erupted on Sunday (6/2), a day after Pakistan marked the annual Kashmir Solidarity Day. The post on behalf of Hyundai’s partner Nishat Group appeared on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to commemorate what was described as the sacrifice of Kashmiris fighting for self-determination.

India says Pakistan is supporting an armed insurgency against the New Delhi regime in Indian-administered Kashmir that erupted in 1990. Pakistan denies the charges and says it is only providing diplomatic and moral support to the Kashmiri people .

Earlier, Hyundai released a statement saying it deeply regrets any offense against Indians by posting on social media from its partner accounts in Pakistan. “As a business policy, Hyundai Motor Company does not comment on political or religious matters in certain areas,” Hyundai said in a Twitter post.

Nishat Group, Pakistan’s largest business conglomerate, did not respond to a request for comment from Reuters. Hyundai is the second largest car seller in India after Maruti Suzuki. The company sold nearly half a million vehicles in the country in the last financial year and exported over a million units, making it India’s largest auto exporter.

Hundreds of people on social media have called on the company to apologize for being insensitive to India’s concerns. Others said they canceled their car orders.

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