‘Personnel in PoK involved in livelihood issues’

China on Tuesday defended the presence of its personnel in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK), saying they were not targeted against any country but are only involved in ‘cooperative activities’ to improve the livelihood of local people. Reacting to Defence Minister Arun Jaitley’s comments in Parliament that India has conveyed its concerns to China about the presence of Chinese personnel in PoK, the Foreign Ministry here said Kashmir issue is a left over from history and it should be resolved between India and Pakistan.

‘China’s relevant cooperative activities in Pakistan administered Kashmir are entirely focused on the local peoples’ livelihood and not targeted at any third party,’ the Ministry said in an exclusive response to a question from PTI.


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