China’s ‘constructive role’ in Kashmir not required, heart of the dispute is cross-border terrorism: MEA

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Beijing, July 13: A day after China proposed to play a ‘constructive role’ in resolving the territorial dispute between India and Pakistan, New Delhi rejected the mediation offer. The Indian Ministry of External Affairs said the Kashmir issue would be resolved by India only under a ‘bilateral framework’ with Pakistan, denying the possibility of a third party’s role in the matter.

MEA spokesperson Gopal Bagley, while addressing reporters here on Thursday, said the cross-border terrorism perpetrated by Pakistan is the primary reason why the Kashmir issue could not be resolved by the two neighbours. “Heart of matter is cross border terrorism perpetrated on India including on J&K,” he said.

“As far as the intervention offer coming from any third party, India has reiterated its stance very clearly – All issues to be discussed with Pakistan, including Kashmir, would be done under a bilateral framework,” Bagley added.

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