Security Forces in Jammu and Kashmir ( Screengrab, Courtesy: Hindustan Times)
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China reiterated that Kashmir issue should be solved through talks and extended its support to safeguarding Islamabad’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, independence and national dignity on Sunday.

The statement supporting Pakistan has come in the wake of Pakistan PM Imran Khan’s announcement that the Indian government’s decision to remove Jammu and Kashmir’s special constitutional status had challenged Islamabad’s “security and integrity”.

“Parties need to settle disputes and issues in the region through dialogue on the basis of mutual respect and equality,” said a joint press release issued by Pakistan and China.

The restrictions in Kashmir, including a communications blockade, had created “a dire humanitarian situation,” said China.

“This partnership remains unaffected by any adverse regional and international development and continues to move from strength to strength,” the statement read.

“Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir continues to be the largest prison in the world with the heaviest deployment of Indian occupation forces since the coercive, unilateral and illegal Indian actions of August 5, 2019, aimed at altering the internationally recognised disputed status of IOJ&K and changing its demographic structure to preempt the results of a UN plebiscite,” Pakistan said in the press release.

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