India taking diplomatic route to solve border crisis with China in Dokla

Opposition leaders were on Friday briefed by the government on the stand-off with China and the situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

Former defence minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, who represented the Samajwadi Party at the meeting, said the government needs to be careful about dealing with China.

The government also emphasised on the "unique nature of the very close and longstanding India-Bhutan relationship" in the context of the face-off between Indian and Chinese troops in the Doklam area of Bhutan and has stressed on the responsibility to protect Bhutan's territorial integrity. AITC later tweeted this from the official handle of the party and Brien retweeted the same.

All the parties at the meeting condemned the July 10 terror attack on the Amarnath pilgrims in Jammu and Kashmir that left seven people dead and almost 20 injured.

Yuvajana Shramika Rythu Congress MP Rajamohan Reddy told reporters after the meeting that the government, including Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar, Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, assured opposition leaders that the military dispute with China "will be resolved diplomatically and peacefully".

Sharma said that Congress made its view clear that national security was the priority and advised the government to rise above politics and tackle the situation diplomatically.

In response to the opposition leaders' call for using "active diplomatic channels", the Centre said it is engaged in negotiations to ease the tension in the Doklam region of the Sikkim sector.

"I thought the government will speak on these lines, but it did not", he said.

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, CPI (M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee among others have strongly criticised the Narendra Modi-led government on both counts. "Everybody promised to support government". Singh will also inform the leaders about the visit of two Union Ministers To the valley as well as the instruction given to the forces to intensify anti-militant operations following the killing of seven Amarnath pilgrims.

The unrest resumed since the April 9 bypoll to the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat.

He had said Modi's policies have created space for terrorists in Kashmir which is a "grave strategic blow" to India.

He also alleged that the prime minister's pursuit of short-term political gains through the BJP-PDP alliance in the state has cost the country dear and resulted in innocent lives being lost.