China cannot be a party to Kashmir issue: Pak
Pakistan rejected a suggestion by moderate Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz to make China a party for the resolution of the Kashmir issue.Updated: Apr 04, 2006 20:19 IST
Pakistan on Tuesday rejected a suggestion by moderate Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umer Farooq to make China a party for the resolution of the Kashmir issue.
Mirwaiz wanted China to be a party as it has a portion of Jammu and Kashmir under its control.
"According to UN resolutions there are only two parties to the Kashmir issue. That is Pakistan and India. Of course Kashmiris are a party, it is question of their self-determination," Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam said.
She was reacting to Farooq's remarks in an address to World Social Forum in Karachi last week that China should also be made a party for resolving the Kashmir issue as it controlled a portion of the state.
Farooq was apparently referring to Aksi Chin, a part of Ladakh, ceded by Pakistan to China in 1963.
Aslam said Farooq did not refer to the territory under Chinese control. She said his argument was that "China was big player being largest and influential country in this region. That is why it has to be associated with the peace process."
Asked about the continuing missile race between India and Pakistan, she said that the peace process is not about reduction of tension but about resolution of disputes.
"Naturally when we have movement towards resolution of disputes, there will be reduction in tension and do hope there would not be any arms race. We conduct missile test, it is part of minimum credible deterrence and we will continue to work on that," she said.
First Published: Apr 04, 2006 20:19 IST