With Pakistan People’s Party chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari raising China’s “enlightened role” in developing Kashmir at a conference in Beijing on Thursday, CPM chief Sitaram Yechury took on the Bhutto-Zardari scion and counselled him to refrain from raising Kashmir in an international forum.
Yechury is in Beijing to attend the Asian Political Parties special conference on Silk Road, which is also being attended by delegation from the BJP and Congress. The conference is organised by the Communist Party of China.
Bilawal had reportedly said that China has played an “enlightened role” in developing “our Kashmir”.
Exercising his right to reply, Yechury told the gathering, “An unfortunate reference has been made to the Kashmir dispute here by the Pakistani delegation (Mr Bilawal Bhutto). Kashmir is a bilateral issue to be resolved between India and Pakistan, as universally recognised and accepted. It is best to leave this issue to be resolved between India and Pakistan. Raising it internationally will only complicate matters rather than help resolving them.”
Speaking to The Indian Express from Beijing, Yechury confirmed his reply to Bilawal’s remarks.
About the Silk Road initiative, Yechury said it is expected to play a role in strengthening economic cooperation and also contribute to the evolution of modern syncretic culture.
“The Silk Road initiative, we hope, will once again play its historical role of not only strengthening economic cooperation through trade, but also contribute for the evolution of modern syncretic culture,” he said.