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China’s snub to Pakistan at UN: Won’t meddle in Kashmir, solve it with India

Beijing: Reiterating that the Kashmir issue must be resolved bilaterally by India and Pakistan through talks, China on Friday dismissed calls by a group of Islamic nations for implementation of a UN resolution on the dispute.

On Pakistan’s request, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) had again recently called for the implementation of a UN resolution on the dispute.

Reacting to OIC’s call, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said the Kashmir issue should be resolved bilaterally.

Lu said, “China has noted the relevant report. China’s position on the Kashmir issue is clear-cut.”

 “The Kashmir issue is left over from history. China hopes India and Pakistan can increase dialogue and communication and properly handle relevant issues and jointly safeguard regional peace and stability,” he added.

Pakistan, which is a member of the OIC, had urged the 57-member grouping to raise the issue at the ongoing United Nations General Assembly in New York.  OIC had met on the sidelines of the UNGA two days ago.

Earlier in the day, addressing the 72nd session of  UNGA in New York, Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had urged the UN to appoint a special envoy for J&K to keep track of India’s ‘alleged atrocities’ on the Kashmiris.

During his 20-minute speech, he had also demanded an international probe into the alleged crimes committed in J&K.

“We ask the UNGC and the high commission of the human rights to send an enquiry commission in Kashmir to verify the nature and extent of India`s human right violations. Secure the punishment of those responsible. And provide justice and relief to the victims,” he said.

(With agency inputs)

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