India rejects China's mediation offer on Kashmir

Randall Padilla
July 16, 2017

Senior Union ministers on Friday briefed leaders of Opposition parties on India's ongoing border dispute with China, and the prevailing situation in Kashmir.

Yuvajana Shramika Rythu Congress MP Rajamohan Reddy told reporters after the meeting that the government, including Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar, Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, assured opposition leaders that the military dispute with China "will be resolved diplomatically and peacefully".

Reacting to the Chinese Foreign Office spokesperson's remarks that China was ready to mediate between India and Pakistan over Kashmir, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay said cross-border terrorism was at the heart of the issues between New Delhi and Islamabad.

However, a source said that former defence minister and Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav cautioned the government on trusting China.

On July 10, militants attacked a bus carrying Amarnath pilgrims, killing seven persons and injuring 19 others in south Kashmir's Khanabal area on the Jammu-Srinagar highway. The opposition felt that his views and the all round condemnation of the attack had provided the stage for talks. Yechury also pointed out that China has been having border discussions with Bhutan since 1984.

On China, CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury said the government told the leaders that it will tackle the situation with dialogue.

Mr Baglay also declined to comment on the recent meeting between the top Chinese envoy and Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, saying that the Ministry of External Affairs does not comment on activities of embassies or political parties. Today India is led by the Hindu supremacist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), while Pakistan's rulers seek to advance their own mercenary interests by using Islamist organizations to channel the opposition to the Indian state in a reactionary, communalist direction.

He also raised the issue of the overall internal security situation in the country in the wake of rising incidents of lynchings and vigilantism. The meeting is primarily aimed at taking the opposition leaders into confidence over the major national issues.

The meeting was held at the Rajnath Singh's house. Some of the opposition leaders later said they didn't get satisfactory answers.

Government chief spokesperson Frank Noronha said the basic objective of the meeting was to apprise MPs from different parties about situation along Sino-Indian border and on terrorist attack on Amarnath Yatris.

According to the Indian Embassy, the government of India has committed to support Bhutan's 11th Five Year Plan (July 2013 to June 2018) to the tune of Rs 4,500 crore.

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