The chief of Kashmir’s moderate separatist alliance recently met a Chinese delegation in Geneva, the first such contact by Kashmiri separatists with Chinese officials since a simmering discontent against Indian rule broke out in 1989.
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, met the Chinese Director Foreign Affairs, Ying Gang, in Geneva on the sidelines of the 13th session of the U.N. Human Rights Council and discussed Beijing’s possible role in the resolution of the dispute.
“It was a good gesture as the government of China had earlier avoided meeting us,” Farooq said.
According to Farooq, the Chinese official expressed support for the resolution of Kashmir problem “as per the wishes and aspirations” of people of the disputed region.
“Our country supports resumption of composite dialogue between India and Pakistan. China wants the two countries to take steps towards the resolution of Kashmir,” the Mirwaiz quoted Gang as saying.