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Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani on Sunday said the “growing interest” of China can “change the discourse and Kashmir issue can take a new turn.”

Commenting on China’s “increasing” interest in Kashmir issue, he said Kashmir is becoming a flashpoint and its disputed nature is “outspreading beyond limits.”

“The delay in Kashmir resolution can lead to more dangerous complications and situation in the region is becoming more complex and explosive. China is emerging as a major alternate power against the West and since the borders of these countries are adjoining, hence China cannot remain neutral in the stressful situation between the two countries,” Geelani said in a statement.

“Because of Kashmir issue, both countries (India and Pakistan) are making huge investment of their budget on their military expenses while majority of their population is living below the poverty line and is deprived of basic amenities,” he said.

“Both countries have nuclear capability. Now growing interest of China has turned the situation more complex. Present prevailing situation and emerging phenomenon demand immediate concern and consideration from both India and Pakistan and an urge to think above rhetoric and considerable and tangible steps for its lasting solution,” he said.

“For the past 70 years, our nation is suffering and facing appalling situations and our younger generation is losing patience and is braving the extreme situations. The situation is going out of control and new trends are emerging,” said Geelani.

“The growing interest of China can change the discourse and Kashmir issue can take a new turn. Possibility of Jammu and Kashmir becoming a battlefield can’t be ruled out.”

Commenting over “volcanic situations” emerging out of uncertainty in the state, Geelani said a small flare up can add strife to already-charged situation.

“This is a crucial time for both India and Pakistan and an opportunity for both to make history while addressing the issue in its right perspective. History won’t forgive them for any negligence in this regard,” he said.

Meanwhile, Geelani condemned “reign of terrorism unleashed by forces” in Anantnag, ransacking of Jamia Masjid and detention of youth.

“Attacking or desecration of holy places is unbearable. I demand immediate probe into gruesome incident and exemplary punishment for those involved in this heinous act. People’s life and honor in state are in danger, and even the religious and holy places are insecure,” he said.