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Countries fear Pakistani militants may launch terror strike over abrogation of Article 370: US

Assistant secretary of defense for Indo-Pacific security affairs feels China may not support such conflict

By PTI in Washington

  • Published 2.10.19, 12:13 PM
  • Updated 2.10.19, 12:13 PM
A security personnel stands guard during a shutdown, in Srinagar, Sunday, September 29, 2019
A security personnel stands guard during a shutdown, in Srinagar, Sunday, September 29, 2019 PTI

The United States on Tuesday voiced fears of many countries that following abrogation of Jammu and Kashmir special status, Pakistani militants might launch terror strikes in India unless Pakistan "keep a lid on militant groups."

I think many have concerns that Pakistan keep a lid on militant groups that might conduct cross-border activities as a result of the Kashmir decisions, and I don't sense China wants that kind of conflict or would support it, assistant secretary of defense for Indo-Pacific security affairs, Randall Shriver, told a Washington audience.

Shriver was responding to a question on China's support to Pakistan on the issue of Kashmir after India nullified articles 370 and 35A of the Constitution that gave special privileges to Jammu and Kashmir.

I think it (China's support to Pakistan on Kashmir) is mostly diplomatic and political support, Shriver said.

"They (Chinese) have supported Pakistan in international fora. There is some discussion about whether or not Kashmir would be taken up in UN; China would support that. But in terms of something beyond that or more active, I don't see it," the Pentagon official said.

China has a long-standing relationship with Pakistan, and they have a growing competition with India, he said, adding that India seeks a stable relationship with China.

Referring to the ongoing visit of India's external affairs minister S. Jaishankar, Shriver said the US is having consultations with him.

"We have talked about the relationship with China. They want a stable relationship with China, but there's no doubt that there is a growing concern and competition there as well. So I think, on a range of issues to include Kashmir, China has leaned towards Pakistan," Shriver said.

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