Pakistan Foreign Minister Dials Chinese Counterpart As PM Modi Visits Leh; Raises Kashmir

Amid growing border tension between India and China, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi held a telephonic conversation with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi. As per reports, both the leaders raked up the Kashmir issue and the situation in Afghanistan.

Alleging that India is imperiling peace in the region, Qureshi, during his telephonic conversation with Wang, underscored that the regional security situation was deteriorating. “In the face of Indian provocations, Pakistan was exercising restraint,” he said. He also accused India of committing ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC). Moreover, blatantly interfering into india’s internal matter, Quereshi also raised J&K’s new domicile laws in his discussion with Wang Yi.

Underscoring that Pakistan and China are ‘all-weather strategic cooperative partners’, Qureshi said that disputes in the region should be resolved through peaceful means and agreed mechanisms rather than resorting to “unilateral, illegal and coercive measures.”

Even as China faces world criticism, Qureshi underlined that Pakistan is committed to the ‘One-China policy’ and firmly supports China on its core interests including Hong Kong, Taiwan, Tibet and Xinjiang. He also reiterated his country’s support to the Belt and Road Initiative and China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

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