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Pakistan rakes Kashmir issue with China’s support in a joint statement after bilateral talks

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Just a day after Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari was rebuked by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar at the SCO Foreign Ministers meeting, China and Pakistan mentioned Kashmir in their joint statement.

The joint statement was issued after the fourth round of the Pakistan-China Foreign Ministers’ Strategic Dialogue led by Bilawal and Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang.

“Both sides underscored the importance of maintaining peace and stability in South Asia, and the need for resolution of all outstanding disputes. The Pakistani side briefed the Chinese side on the latest developments of the situation in Jammu and Kashmir,” read the Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs press release.

However, the Chinese side reiterated that the Kashmir dispute was left over from history between India and Pakistan and should be properly and peacefully resolved in accordance with the UN Charter, relevant Security Council resolutions and bilateral agreements.

“Both sides opposed any unilateral actions that further complicate the already volatile situation,” added the release.

This comes after Jaishankar slammed Pakistan Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s “weaponising terrorism” remarks.

“Victims of terrorism do not sit together with perpetrators of terrorism to discuss terrorism. Victims of terrorism defend themselves, counter acts of terrorism, they call it out, they legitimise it and that is exactly what is happening. To come here and preach these hypocritical words as though we are on the same boat,” he said while addressing a press conference by the Presidency after SCO Council of Foreign Ministers.

He was answering questions on India-Pakistan ties including a question from a Pakistani journalist.


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