Swaraj raises issues of stapled visas, incursions with Wen

Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj called on visiting Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao and flagged several contentious issues, including that of stapled visas being issued to people of Jammu and Kashmir.

Last Updated: Dec 17, 2010, 19:27 PM IST

New Delhi: Leader of Opposition in Lok
Sabha Sushma Swaraj on Friday called on visiting Chinese Prime
Minister Wen Jiabao and flagged several contentious issues,
including that of stapled visas being issued to people of
Jammu and Kashmir.

"Swaraj firmly conveyed to the Chinese Prime Minister
that the stapled visas being issued to Kashmiris should be
stopped forthwith," BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said.
She also expressed her concern over Chinese incursions
into Arunachal Pradesh, saying this was not fair as the state
is a part of India.

The BJP also reacted to Chinese statements that it was
neutral to both India and Pakistan.

"Swaraj told Jiabao that India is a victim and
Pakistan a perpetrator of terrorism so how can the two be
treated equally," Prasad said.

The principal opposition has raised these issues from
time to time at the national level and in Parliament and asked
the UPA government to be firm while dealing with China.

The Leader of Opposition requested Jiabao to allow
Indian pharmaceutical and software companies access to the
Chinese market.

Jiabao enquired about former Prime Minister A B
Vajpayee`s health and fondly recalled his visit to China
during the NDA regime.

PTI