May 2003 News

Qayyum Hailed US Role In Pak-India Dialogue

11 May 2003
News Network International

Islamabad: Former president of Azad Kashmir Sardar Abudl Qayyum Khan has said the US efforts for the settlement of the Kashmir issue was a positive step. 'Richard Armitage's recent statements in India were clear and the US in veiled words has told India to stop its state-terrorim in Occupied Kashmir,' Qayyum said in an interview with NNI here on Sunday. Qayyum said the United States was presently playing a very positive role in the resolution of the protracted Kashmir problem. 'India was perpeterating worse form of state terrorism in Kashmir.' He siad the issue was not that of alleged infiltration but it was of the illegal occupation and state terrorism. 'Kashmiris' movement across the Line of Control could not be termed as infiltration,' he added. The former AJK president urged the world community to play its role in finding an early solution to the long standing Kashmir problem, as it has posed grave danger to the peace and security in the South Asian region. To a question Qayyum said that only the President of Pakistan or the Prime Minister should issue statements on the issue of Kashmir. 'The ministers' statements with any study or research could harm the Kashmir cause,' he observed.-NNI


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