Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said on Saturday that even China was eyeing Kashmir because it had become so vulnerable. Mufti made the comment during an interview to The Sunday Express. Mufti said it was a “matter of serious concern” that China had started talking about Kashmir when earlier it was only Pakistan that did so.

She said that the people of Jammu and Kashmir “had to pay the price” any time India’s borders were threatened. She added that the country needs to be “united on Kashmir” as the “only way to face this new reality is that instead of using Kashmir as a political issue to divide public opinion, parties across the political divide should come together.”