August 2003 News

Peace with India hinges on Kashmir solution: Jamali

15 August 2003
The Daily Times

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Minister Zafarullah Khan Jamali on Thursday said peace with India hinged on Kashmir.'We will have to find a solution to the problem of Jammu and Kashmir. It is the fundamental basis for peace in South Asia,' Jamali said at a flag-raising ceremony to mark Pakistan's Independence Day.'Pakistan wants friendly and cordial relations with India but our desire cannot be fulfilled until the oppressed people of Jammu and Kashmir get their rights.' 'Pakistan and India have gained freedom but the people of Jammu and Kashmir remain deprived of their right to self-determination despite the resolutions of the United Nations,' Jamali said. 'We have to resolve this problem no matter where we begin... I would like to say that India should resolve basic differences with Pakistan if it wants to see peace in the region,' he said. Jamali said, 'Our forefathers did not lay the foundation of a new country to create enmity. I will also say to Bharat (India), if it wants to see the region free from the clutches of hardship, it has to settle its fundamental differences with Pakistan.' 'The spirit of the Pakistan movement is to normalise relations with India. Wars do not solve problems. Pakistan believes in peace,' he said. Jamali said the government believed in the supremacy of parliament and democratic institutions and vowed to achieve the national goals with greater unity of thought and action. He also swore to 'put an end to the culture of political vengeance in the country.' He said the government had taken office under very difficult circumstances. 'Some think that we are not moving ahead at full steam. We have chosen the right direction and are moving towards it. We believe in mutual understanding and harmony in politics and will continue to work to achieve this goal.' He said the country needed national consensus on the issues it is confronting. Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali met President General Pervez Musharraf on Thursday to discuss important national issues. The two leaders promised to turn Quaid-e- Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah's dream of Pakistan into a reality. They said August 14 was not only an occasion for celebrating, but also for stocktaking and introspection. They reviewed the political and regional situations besides discussing ways to relieve rain and flood victims in the country. -APP


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