December 1998 News


Pakistan will Extend Support to Kashmiris says Sharif

31st December 1998

ISLAMABAD: Notwithstanding India's contention that Pakistan's aid to militants in Kashmir blocked normalization of bilateral ties, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said his government would extend ``all out support'' to what he termed struggling people of the state.

``We will give all out support to the struggling people of Kashmir. Pakistan will continue to support their indigenous struggle for their right of self-determination,'' Sharif was quoted APP news agency as telling the budget session of the Council of Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir.

His remarks came only a couple of days after Information Minister Mushahid Hussain had shared a platform with the chief of Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (earlier known as Harkat-ul-Ansar), a militant outfit responsible for widespread destruction and killings in the Kashmir valley.

Sharif, accused India of adopting ``inflexible attitude'' on the Kashmir issue, which he said had led to an arms race in the region. Sharif urged the US, G-8 countries and United Nations to prevail upon India for holding ``meaningful talks'' for the resolution of the Kashmir issue.


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