In a major shift of separatist’s diplomacy, moderate Hurriyat, headed by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, on Tuesday described Chinese intervention on Kashmir a welcome move, saying “it reflects the feeling of the global community on the issue”.
“We welcome the recent statement of Chinese foreign ministry that Kashmir issue should be solved on urgent basis. Such international statements reflect that there is a growing feeling among the global community that lingering Kashmir issue continues to pose a threat to the peace of the region, apart from increasing the confrontation between India and Pakistan, which can turn the situation explosive anytime, thereby, plunging the future of South Asia into uncertainty and insecurity,” said Mirwaiz’s spokesman on Tuesday evening.
The statement assumes significance in the wake of perceived change among Kashmiri separatists over US president Barack Obama’s stand on the Kashmir problem. The US president is scheduled to visit India on January 25 and separatists in Kashmir are closely watching his statements and remarks.
“Kashmir dispute was a major cause of confrontation between two nuclear nations — India and Pakistan. The Chinese reservation over the unresolved dispute was legitimate, since this dispute continues to be on the map for the past 68 years. It has been the source of three wars between India and Pakistan, and a major cause of bloodshed and confrontation on borders,” said the spokeman.
On January 15, Chinese foreign ministry spokeman asked India and Pakistan to control the border situation in Jammu and Kashmir through dialogue and consultation. He also referred to the Kashmir problem in a rare upping of ante on India’s northern state's problem.
Traditionally, separatists in Kashmir would seek the US intervention. It seems changing relationship between India and the US is forcing separatists to see somewhere else for a diplomatic support.
The Chinese support to Kashmiri separatists comes just days after the poll results in Sri Lanka saw a pro-China government losing to an India-friendly new dispensation.