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Not opposed to Chinese troops in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir: Hurriyat

Hurriyat spokesman Ayaz Akbar said in a statement that the presence of the People’s Liberation Army in PoK is under a “mutual agreement between Pakistan and China”.

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A file photo of the Line of Control between Pakistan and India. (Source: Reuters photo)

Separatist Hurriyat Conference Monday said it has no problem with the presence of Chinese troops in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir as China, unlike India, has not “attacked Kashmir”.

Hurriyat spokesman Ayaz Akbar said in a statement that the presence of the People’s Liberation Army in PoK is under a “mutual agreement between Pakistan and China”.

He said, “It is a part of the Pak-China economic corridor process, and pro-freedom people have no reason to oppose this move.”

Hitting back at Omar Abdullah, who had criticised separatists for their silence on the presence of PLA troops along the LoC in PoK, the Hurriyat spokesman said the National Conference chief has no moral justification to criticise “pro-freedom people” because he is providing a “certificate” to India’s “illegal control” of the state.

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On Sunday, Omar had tweeted, “How is it that Kashmiri leaders who have so much to say about Indian troops in J&K have nothing to say about Chinese troops across the LoC?”

His reaction came hours after media reports that PLA troops were spotted close to the Line of Control in PoK — in Nowgam and Tanghdar sectors of Kupwara district.