A paramilitary trooper stands guard after a ceremony to mark the 85th Martyr’s Day in Srinagar. It marks Maharaja Hari Singh’s use of force in 1931 to quell protests against his rule, resulting in the death of 23 Muslims. Pic/AFP
India yesterday asserted that cross-border terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir was at the "heart" of the matter that was threatening regional peace and snubbed China for its offer to mediate to resolve the Kashmir issue, insisting it was a bilateral matter between it and Pakistan.
India'' strong reaction came a day after the Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said China was willing to play a "constructive role" in improving Indo-Pak ties, especially after the increased hostility along the Line of Control (LoC).
"At the heart of the matter is really the issue of cross-border terrorism perpetrated on India including on the people of the state of J&K. So, the matter is that cross-border terrorism in our region emanating from a particular source is threatening peace and stability in not only India but other neighbours," External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Gopal Baglay told reporters.
"We have been ready to have dialogue with Pakistan among other issues (including) J&K in a bilateral framework. That position of addressing all issues with Pakistan including the Kashmir issue in a bilateral framework has not changed," Baglay said. He also strongly rejected allegations by Pakistan that India was using chemical weapons in Kashmir.
On the standoff
On the standoff between the armies of India and China in the Doka La area, the spokesperson said diplomatic channels would continue to be used for a resolution.
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