Kashmir Key To Peace, Say Pak Scribes
8 November 2003
The Times of India
Wagah: Unless the Kashmir issue is resolved, the relations between the two countries will not normalise, said a five-member team of Pakistan journalists. The exchange of various delegations under the track II diplomacy initiated for the normalisation of relations between India and Pakistan have yielded nothing substantial, it said. The team arrived here on Saturday morning to attend the Saarc meeting of information ministers - from November 9 to 11. Pakistan 's I&B minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed will also attend the meeting. However, an atmosphere of friendship has started building up, said PRO to the Pak minister Malik Ali Nawaz, who is also leading the team. Azeem Nazir, senior joint editor of daily Khabrain said the media could play a major role in the ongoing peace process. He said war was not an answer and issues could be solved only through the process of dialogue. Javed Iqbal, a senior journalist from Pakistan , said the country's thrust was on addressing the core issue. He said unless this was done, peace was nothing but a distant dream. The journalists stressed that the newspapers circulated in both the countries should be liberally exchanged.