Pakistan, China discuss Kashmir issue

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa and the Chinese military leadership on Tuesday discussed the situation in India administered Kashmir and its consequences, said military.

According to a press release by media wing of Pakistan military, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Gen Bajwa called on Chinese military leadership including Commander Army People’s Liberation Army General Han Weiguo and Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission General Xu Qiliang at PLA Headquarters in Beijing.

“The COAS apprised Chinese military leadership about consequences of the ongoing situation in occupied Kashmir if it’s not amicably resolved, for which India needs to respect United Nations resolutions and ensure the human rights of Kashmiris,” reads the ISPR statement.

“Chinese military leadership, supporting Pakistan’s principled stance on Kashmir issue, appreciated sane Pakistani approach in the interest of peace,” it added. “Pakistan looks forward to peace but that shall not be at the cost of any compromise on principles or honor and dignity of the nation,” said Bajwa.

They agreed that continued unresolved Pak-India tension will have serious implications for peace and stability in the region. Both sides agreed to enhance existing defense cooperation in line with history of mutual time tested relationship.

They also discussed the developing situation in Gulf and efforts for peace in Afghanistan, said ISPR. The COAS, Prime Minister Imran Khan, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, and other senior ministers and officials are in China on a two-day visit.

The meeting came at a time when tensions along the Pakistan-India border and Indian administered Kashmir has risen after Indian government revoked disputed Kashmir’s special status with a presidential order last month.

Pakistan after degrading diplomatic ties with New Delhi over the issue has asked United Nations Security Council to fulfill its responsibilities for the maintenance of international and regional peace and security in accordance with the UN Charter and the relevant resolutions of the UNSC.

However, India has insisted that Kashmir is its internal matter and there is no room for Pakistan or any other foreign country to interfere in it.

Indian government argued that the changes to Kashmir’s status would bring economic development and infrastructure improvements to the region.

Source: Kuwait News Agency