Ahead of his visit to China, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that for “enduring peace” in South Asia, it is contingent that a “strategic balance” in the region is maintained and all “outstanding issues” like border questions and the Kashmir issue should be resolved through dialogue and diplomacy and according to norms of international law.
In an article published in China’s state-run Global Times, Khan briefly referred to the resolution of the Kashmir issue besides the border disputes as key to maintaining peace in South Asia.
“It is our common vision that enduring peace in South Asia is contingent on maintaining a strategic balance in the region and all outstanding issues like border questions and the Kashmir dispute should be resolved through dialogue and diplomacy and as per norms of international law,” he wrote, amidst a chill in bilateral ties between India and Pakistan over the Kashmir issue.
Khan also gave a clean chit to China over human rights allegations against Uygur Muslims in Xinjiang ahead of his visit to China to take part in the February 4 Beijing Winter Olympics’ inaugural ceremony, that faced a diplomatic boycott by the US and allies over the Xinjiang issue, saying his country’s envoy after a visit to the province reported that charges were not true.
“There is a lot of criticism of the treatment of Uygurs by China in the West. But our Ambassador went there (and) he sent information that it is not actually true on the ground,” Khan told Chinese journalists in an interview in Islamabad on Saturday ahead of his visit to Beijing.
While giving the clean chit to China over the restive region of Xinjiang, Khan, however, blamed the “selective silence” of the Western countries on human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir.