'Mind your own business,' J&K CM tells USA, China
In a snub to the array of bureaucrats, policy fraternity members, academics and, yes, a section of the media that has been continuously collaborating with foreign interests to undermine the efforts of the Union and state governments to solve the Kashmir problem, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday categorically dismissed suggestions that the USA, China or any other country should mediate in the Kashmir issue. She made it clear that India and Pakistan have to resolve the matter bilaterally.
Mufti hit out at National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah for suggesting mediation by the USA, asking him whether he wanted the situation in Kashmir to be similar to what it was in countries like Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq where the USA had intervened. "Be it America or China, they should mind their own business. Wherever America intervened, you see (the situation in) Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq," Mehbooba told reporters at Anantnag, south Kashmir.
"China has its own vexing issue in Tibet. So, I think we have a map here which is that we, India and Pakistan, have to talk even after war. We have to talk bilaterally and what can America, Turkey or England do with us?" she asked.
The chief minister was responding to a question on Member of Parliament Farooq Abdullah's suggestion on Friday said India should take the help of "friends" to resolve the issue. "They have played spoilsport in major issues of the world. See what they have made up of Syria, see the situation of Afghanistan and Iraq. God forbid, does Farooq (Abdullah) want our situation similar to them? Or he wants our state to prosper?" the chief minister asked.
Doval trip may ease Sikkim row: China govt mouthpiece
National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval's visit to Beijing for a meeting of NSAs from Brics countries may be the key to ease tensions between India and China over the military standoff in Dokalam, a Chinese analyst said. His comments came in a piece in The Global Times, the mouthpiece of the Communist Party media group, which generally reflects the views of the ruling party, on Saturday.
Doval is scheduled to visit China for the meeting on July 27-28. The meeting is hosted by his Chinese counterpart and State Councillor Yang Jiechi. It is part of a series of meetings of officials from BRICS countries ahead of this year's summit of the five-member bloc of emerging countries in Xiamen city in September.