August 2003 News

India operates 55 camps across LoC for subversive activities in Pakistan: FO

18 August 2003
News Network International

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has reminded India that Kashmir is a political problem and cannot be resolved through state terrorism. Foreign Office spokesman Masood Khan told weekly news briefing here on Monday that rollback of the Indian terrorist apparatus in Kashmir is the key to the solution of the problem. He said that there are more than fifty-five training camps across the LoC and international border targeting Pakistan directly. They indulge in sabotage, subversion and other anti-state activities aimed at destabilizing Pakistan, spreading urban terror and creating an atmosphere of instability. He said that not an allegation as Pakistan has all the information about these terrorists' camps, their operations and their activities. The spokesman urged India to dismantle this terrorist infrastructure if it is serious about peace in South Asia. Replying to a question by an Indian journalist, the spokesman said the source of violence and terrorism in occupied Kashmir and in the region is India and its forces. Rest, he said, is a chain reaction. He said that there would be peace in the Occupied Kashmir and South Asia if India decides to role back its ideology and philology of terrorism in Kashmir. Refereeing to recent remarks of American Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage that South Asia is the most dangerous place on the earth, he said a lasting solution of Kashmir dispute has to be found for peace in the region. He invited India to work with Pakistan in changing this perception about the region. To a question the spokesman said that India rejected President Pervez Musharraf' recent offer about facilitating ceasefire on LoC without giving it due consideration. He said the proposal of the President was very constructive and offered a historic opportunity to the Indian leaders to resolve the issue of Jammu & Kashmir and bring peace and stability to the area. He said immediate rejection of the proposal confirms the impression that Indians are not ready to listen two what Pakistan has to say. The spokesman said that President's proposal had the elements and ingredients for a breakthrough. It is, therefore, very disturbing that India is not interested in any constructive proposal from Pakistan that offers an opportunity to move forward. He clarified that Pakistan has no control over resistance movement in Occupied Kashmir which is being sustained by youth. He said what President said was that Pakistan can always make an appeal to the political elements and to the leaders of the indigenous resistance in Occupied Kashmir. The spokesman said Pakistan has proposed to India second half of next month for holding of technical level talks between the Railway authorities of the two countries to discuss resumption of Samjhota Express. The spkesman confirmed that Pakistan has credible information about movement and other related activities of Indian troops in Drass and Kargil sector. He said Pakistan is fully alert and ready to respond to any challenge. Asked to comment on an Indian proposal for an alliance between New Delhi, Washington and Tel Aviv, the spokesman said such a proposition would be a very negative development. He said such collusion against Muslims would make them insecure in all over the world. To a question about Russian request to OIC for membership of the organization, Masood Khan said Pakistan believes that countries with proper Islamic credentials should be given entry into the OIC. He said the President of Pakistan would make concrete proposal for revitalization of the OIC during its forthcoming summit. The spokesman said Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmood Kasuri would be paying a two-day visit to Kabul from Thursday. He will hold comprehensive talks with Afghan leaders on strengthening bilateral relations and promoting political understanding. To a question he said the tripartite commission, during its meeting on Tuesday last in Bagram, decided to improve coordination between Pakistan, Afghanistan and the United States. It decided to establish hotline between the three parties so as o prevent any mishap. He said the sub-committee formed by the commission would continue its work. About sending Pakistani troops to Afghanistan, the spokesman said a decision in principle has been taken but final decision would be taken in accordance with the wishes of Pakistani people and best interests of the Iraqi people. The Prime Minister, Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali will be paying a five day official visit to Saudi Arabia from Thursday. He will have wide ranging discussions with Saudi leadership about current situation in South Asia, recent development in Middle East, Gulf and Afghanistan and measures to reinforce bilateral cooperation between the two countries in all fields. Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali, in addition to performing Umra, will have audience with the Custodian of the two holy mosques King Fahd bin Abdul Aziz and a meeting with the Crown Prince and Commander National Guards, Prince Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz. foot();


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