March 1998 News


Kashmir Solution Must for Peace in South Asia: Sharif

27th March 1998

Islamabad, : Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has once again asserted that a peaceful solution to the Kashmir problem was essential for peace and stability in the South Asia region.

Terming it imperartive for prosperity of the region, Sharif yesterday called for a peaceful solution to the Kashmir problem in accordance with the United Nations Security Council resolutions.

Sharif expressed these views while addressing a banquet hosted by him for the visiting Crown Prince of Thailand, Maha Vajairalongkorn, here.

Sharif said: "We are determined to persist with our effort to reach a peaceful settlement of this core issue, central to which is the exercise of the right to self-determination of the people of Kashmir in accordance with the numerous resolutions of the UN Council."

"We greatly admire the progress the ASEAN region has made. This has been possible because peace and tranquillity prevail in the region," he said, and added that Pakistan too would like South Asia to benefit from the dividends of regional peace and security.

Unfortunately, this had "eluded us because of tensions emanating from the unresolved dispute of Jammu and Kashmir," Sharif said.

Sharif said his government had embarked on a path of socio- economic revival and growth, had strengthened democracy and was in the process of achieving self-sustaining growth and prosperity. "We have introduced carefully thought-out policies based on decentralization, deregulation and decontrol," he said.

Referring to the investment incentives that Pakistan offererd, he claimed they were among the most liberal in the world as part of the government's strategy to encourage private sector-led growth.


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