Srinagar, Feb 21: Senior Peoples Democratic Party leader and Road and Buildings Minister Naeem Akther has made startling revelations about the increasing role of China in Kashmir.
“The Kashmir issue isn’t limited to the fight between India and Pakistan now. There is another major factor involved. It isn’t Pakistan alone, it is China too,” Akther said.
“All the big attacks inside J&K or even outside during last more than three years are attributed to Jaish-e-Mohammad, a group led by Masood Azhar,” he added.
Akther claimed that China has adopted JeM and its chief Moulana Masood Azhar. To substantiate his argument Akther said that China has been making all the possible attempts to foil India’s bid to declare Azhar as “international terrorist.”
An analyst while talking to Precious Kashmir said, “Assertions of Akther cannot be brushed aside as situation in Kashmir is turning from bad to worse with each passing day.”
He said, “India not showing any interest in holding talks with Pakistan to defuse the tensions has provided a chance to China to increase its dominance in south Asia.”
A Kashmir watcher said, “People sitting in New Delhi should have a relook into its foreign policy. They need to look into the role of China and its growing influence over Pakistan. If they continue to remain rigid on their stands the situation can turn grim with both India and Pakistan getting involved in a larger conflict.”
He said, “China is aiming to control the south Asia and it has got the power and the influence to do so. Even the United States cannot afford to take cajoles with China directly. It has emerged as a big power and take on any nation on its own.”
A politician said, “Pakistan leadership also needs to reframe its policy towards China. The Beijing has slowly made inroads into the neighbouring country. India’s bid to isolate Pakistan has pushed the neighbouring country into the lap of China. This has led to Pakistan becoming more aggressive. The United States taking tough stand against Pakistan and imposing financial sanctions has made Pakistan more hostile.”
An observer said, “Skirmishes on borders and escalation of violence on the borders and Line of Control (LoC) are adding fuel to the fire. China is keenly observing the developments and is calling the shots. By adopting Jaish its slowly trying to take control of the situation in Jammu and Kashmir.”
Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah while reacting to Akhter’s comments, tweeted: “China has adopted JeM, a terrorist organisation operating in J&K. This assertion from (Chief Minister) Mehbooba Mufti’s closest confidant cannot be dismissed as wild ramblings. The government of India needs to explain the basis of this statement.”