China asks Pakistan, India to resolve Kashmir issue through dialogue
BEIJING (Web Desk) – China has once again asked Pakistan and India to resolve Kashmir issue through peaceful negotiation or dialogue as per UN Charter and its relevant resolutions.
Addressing a press briefing in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson Hua Chunying said since both Pakistan and India are neighbors of China, the Chinese side hoped that its neighbors be in peaceful terms with each other.
She said in addition to exchange views on different issues, the border issue between India and China will come under discussion during President Xi’s upcoming visit to India.
Hua Chunying said both the countries can work together to safeguard and maintain peace and stability in the border area.
She said the Belt and Road Initiative is purely an initiative for mutually beneficial cooperation and there is no strategic thinking or any hidden agenda behind it.
Curfew, lockdown enters 45th day in IoK
Curfew and lockdown continued at 45th consecutive day on Wednesday (today) in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IoK) from August 5 when Narendra Modi government announced scraping of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.
The occupied territory continued to reel under strict military siege and curfew on the 45th consecutive day as all markets are closed while transport is off the road.
The authorities relaxed restrictions to a limited extent in some areas and opened schools but the students failed to turn up as parents were unwilling to send their children to schools in view of their safety.
The attendance in government offices in these areas also remained thin. The mobile telephone and internet services continued to remain totally suspended.
Due to the ongoing military lockdown, the people of the Kashmir valley are facing acute shortage of basic essentials including food, milk and life-saving drugs. Under the prevailing circumstances, the local newspapers find it difficult to hit the stands, while they couldn’t update their online editions.