China willing to play constructive role over Kashmir


General Bipin Rawat's comments came as he landed in held Srinagar on Tuesday to review the security situation in the aftermath of Monday's attack which left seven Hindu pilgrims dead and 14 others injured in Indian-occupied Kashmir.

Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control (LoC) and across the world are observing Youm-e-Shuhada-e-Kashmir on Thursday with a renewed pledge to accomplish the mission of martyrs till achievement of the goal of liberation from Indian bondage. Government forces introduced a curfew to stop the action but it nearly failed.

Three Kashmiri youths were martyred during a crackdown by Indian forces in the Budgam district of occupied Kashmir on Wednesday.

Later Wednesday, as officials handed over the body of one of the slain men, thousands of residents of downtown Srinagar again defied the curfew and assembled for the funeral prayers and burial of the man. They started a march toward the main Martyr's Graveyard in Srinagar while chanting "Go India, go back" and "We want freedom".

Witnesses said tear gas shells landed near the mourners and pellets hit some pallbearers. That sparked massive clashes while a group of pallbearers carried the coffin to another location for burial.

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"And when Pakistan asks India to engage in dialogue with it and people of Kashmir to address the dispute, Government of India refuses the offer of engagement saying Kashmir is an internal problem and links the people's struggle to so called Islamic terrorism", Mirwaiz said.

Clashes escalated in Kashmir past year when people became angry at the death of a young and popular freedom fighter. Rebel groups have been fighting since 1989 for the Indian-administered portion to become independent or merge with Pakistan. About 70,000 people have been killed in India's crackdown on the movement since then.

India has accused Pakistan of arming and training the rebels, which Pakistan denies. "So the [India's] position of addressing all issues with Pakistan, including the Jammu and Kashmir issue, in a bilateral framework has not changed".

He, however, regretted that the India has imposed strict restrictions on the grant of visa to Pakistani patients.