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Chinese presence in Kashmir, a serious challenge

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Srinagar, India, March 28, IRNA -- A top Indian army commander has termed the Sino-Pakistani cooperation in the northern areas of Kashmir a ‘serious situation’ for India saying the ‘growing’ ties could jeopardize India’s geo-strategical interests in the long run.

The Indian Army is exploring the entire gamut of future conflict scenarios in the context of the growing military cooperation between China and Pakistan and increasing Chinese presence in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir, Lt Gen Parnaik, Commander of India’s Northern Command said.

Lt Gen Paranik made these observations while addressing the inaugural function of the two-day seminar on “Pakistan occupied Kashmir Internal Dynamics and Externalities” organised by the Department of Strategic and Regional Studies (DSRS), University of Jammu on Sunday.

“The reality is that the entire northern region is a part of Jammu and Kashmir (India). We stand by the Parliament resolution and we stand by re-integration of the entire Jammu and Kashmir.”

He said that the growing Chinese presence would not only be a matter of concern at the Sino-Indian border but also along the Line of Control (LoC) that divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan.

Parnaik noted how the Chinese had moved into Gilgit-Baltistan area of Pakistani-controlled Kashmir where they were building huge infrastructure projects, especially in the communications and hydro-electric power sectors.

Lt Gen Parnaik, who commands Indian army in Kashmir, also declared that the longstanding demand of Kashmiri people for freedom or accession to Pakistan was not the answer to Kashmir issue. “No political or economic solution could be implemented in Jammu and Kashmir unless “overt and covert interference” of Pakistan was neutralized”, he said.

“Freedom or accession to Pakistan is not the answer. The need of the hour is to weed out terrorism infrastructure within the state, choke their funding and choke their communication from across besides initiating well-meaning development projects and address the common grievances of the population of Kashmir,” the commander said.

He also underlined the need to take the battle of ideas into the Pakistan itself.

“We must highlight the plight of the people in Pakistan occupied Kashmir at the international forums. We must curb the Pakistan’s bluff of self-determination….. We must provide the moral and diplomatic support to the people on the other side of the border and we must also expose the double standards of Pakistan and the need is to launch a vigorous campaign to do so. Otherwise the international community, probably, already think that these areas don’t belong to us,” he asserted.

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