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China has no role in Kashmir: Pakistan

NEW DELHI, April 5 (UPI) -- Pakistan has said that China has no role to play in the resolution of the Kashmir dispute.

Rather, it said, the United Nations' resolution recognized only India and Pakistan as parties to the issue.

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"According to the U.N. resolutions, there are only two parties to the dispute -- India and Pakistan. Of course Kashmiris are also a party," said Tasneem Aslam, Pakistani foreign office spokeswoman.

Mirwaiz Farooq Umer, chairman of the India-based All Party Hurriyat (liberation) Conference, an umbrella organization of the Kashmiri separatist groups, in a recent statement sought Chinese intervention in the long-standing dispute.

"China should make a party to the dispute because not only a large chunk of territory which was part of erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir was under Chinese possession, but also it was a major player in the region," Mirwaiz said, addressing a world social forum seminar in Karachi recently.

Pakistan has ceded a large portion of territory in the northern areas to China under a pact subject to the settlement of the Kashmir issue between Indian and Pakistan.

Aslam said Mirwaiz did not refer to Pakistan ceding territory under its control to China, and that his suggestion for the inclusion of China was based on the country's status within the region.

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