May 2003 News

Jamali Assures Moral, Diplomatic Support To Kashmiris

7 May 2003
The Times of India

Islamabad: In an apparent attempt to allay fears that Pakistan prepared for a compromise on Kashmir issue, Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali on Wednesday assured a delegation of Pakistan based Hurriyat Conference leaders that his government would continue to extend moral, political and diplomatic support for Kashmiris' 'struggle'. Meeting the Kashmiri leaders a day after he announced a series of measures to improve ties with India, Jamali said Kashmiris struggle for their rights would not go in vain, state television reported. On Tuesday, while announcing measures to normalise ties with India he said 'I want to assure my Kashmiri brothers and sisters as well as the people of Pakistan that at all stages, their interests will be of supreme importance'. Meanwhile, Pakistan's hardline Islamist alliance, Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) called for the inclusion of Kashmiris in the proposed Indo-Pak dialogue on Kashmir. Addressing a press conference here MMA Deputy Secretary General Liaqat Baloch said, 'The only solution to the Kashmir problem is that India recognises it as a dispute and then solves it through tri-partite talks between India, Pakistan and the Kashmiris'.


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