Pakistan follows a two-china policy: 1) It does not want China openly as a party to Kashmir, but 2) It wants China to be very much part of the game in Kashmir to balance out India. That is Pakistan’s two-faced two-China policy. So how did Pakistan get that going ? By gifting to China, an illegally occupied piece of Kashmir and keeping the whole sordid affair clad in a veil.
In 2006, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, a moderate Hurriyat leader of Kashmir wanted to invite China into the process of resolving the Kashmir dispute. As China holds a portion of Kashmir, it would seem logical.
It was Pakistan’s foreign office that sprang up promptly to reject and discredit the suggestion, citing certain U.N. resolutions, to the effect that there are only two parties to the Kashmir dispute. This, of course, did not mention that it was Pakistan who handed China a piece of Kashmir *after* these U.N. resolutions were passed.
Farooq would never have dreamt of such fate to his suggestion of bringing China, the the avowed “all weather” friend of Pakistan, to the table; and Pakistan, opposing it.
After having gatecrashed into someone’s home and having later invited the club-wielding deaf-and-dumb local thug to join, Pakistan still insists that the whole cake is its fair share.
We indeed have a strange party in South Asia.
1. D.S.Rajan’s analysis: China will predictably side with Pakistan .
2. From Rediff.com’s report China not part of Kashmir process: Pakistan
China not part of Kashmir process: Pakistan
K J M Varma in Islamabad | April 04, 2006 21:04 IST
Pakistan, on Tuesday, rejected a suggestion by moderate Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umer Farooq to make China, which has a portion of Jammu and Kashmir [Images] under its control, a party for the resolution of the Kashmir dispute.
“According to United Nations resolutions there are only two parties to the Kashmir dispute – Pakistan and India. Of course, Kashmiris are a party; it is question of their self-determination,” Tasnim Aslam, Pakistan foreign office spokesperson told reporters.
She was reacting to Farooq’s remarks in an address to the World Social Forum in Karachi last week that China should also be made a party for resolving the Kashmir issue, as it controlled a portion of the state. Farooq was apparently referring to Aksai Chin, a part of Ladakh, ceded by Pakistan to China in 1963.
Aslam said Farooq did not refer to the territory under Chinese control. She said his argument was that ‘China was a big player, being largest and influential country in this region. That is why it has to be associated with the peace process’.