November 2003 News

Kashmir Desk is to be set up: Aftab Shairpao

19 November 2003
NNI - Pakistan News

Islamabad: The Federal Minister for Kashmir and Northern Areas, Aftab Ahmad Khan Shairpao has said that Parliament's Kashmir Committee would be formed soon for better approach on the Kashmir issue. Talking on the occasion of Aftar-Dinner hosted by member Kashmir Council, Ghulam Raza Naqvi here, he said that there was also a decision for setting up of a Kashmir Desk under Foreign Ministry for bitterly highlighting the Kashmir issue at the international level. Former Federal Minister Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed, AJK Minister for Finance, Shah Ghulam Qadir, MLA Syed Shokat Shah, Agha Murtaza Poya, Kashmiri Leaders living UK, Ijaz Bukhari and Syed Shafqat Naqvi, Hurriat Leaders including Farooq Rehmani and Nazir Shawl and a number of other personalities and journalists were also present on the occasion. Minister for Kashmir, Aftab Shairpao said that the dicision for setting up of a Kashmir desk was taken in a recent meeting of AJK Council chaired by Prime Minister, Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali and under the desk, Kashmir cells would be operated in important capitals of the World. 'Government of Pakistan has seriously taken some important steps for just solution of the Kashmir issue and always stressed for taking care to wishes of Kashmiri people in the context,' he continued. Speaking on the occasion, Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed said that differences amongst APHC Leaders in Occupied Kashmir was not a good sign for genuine struggle of Kashmir. 'Differences among the Kashmiri Leaders should be resolved because unity with their ranks was always necessary for achievement of the struggle', he stressed. AJK Minister for Finance, Shah Ghulam Qadir said that Pakistan always supported just cause of Kashmir and people in the entire region of Kashmir realize this support. 'India has to respect the demand of the international community for implementation of the UN resolutions over the issue', he called. On the occasion, Ghulam Reza Naqvi said that kashmiris are struggling for their world recognized right of self-determination for more than 50 years and thousands of Kashmiris have been martyred by the Indian occupation forces and a large number of them are facing hardships in prison.' He also hailed the efforts of Government of Pakistan for raising the issue at international level. MLA Syed Shokat Ali Shah said that presence of the Kashmiris was essential for successfulness of any possible dialogue between the two countries of Pakistan and India on the issue and International Community should play an effective role for holding such trilateral talks keeping in mind the fast changing regional and global situation. It was in the best interests of the two countries to give space to the Kashmiris in their upcoming possible negotiation on the issue. Kashmiris living in UK, Ijaz Bukhari and Shafqat Naqvi also spoke on the occasion and called for earlier solution of the Kashmir issue through meaningful dialogue. 'Kashmiri Leadership on both sides of the Seas Fire Line should also be given a chance to sit together prior to the bilateral or trilateral dialogue to calk out their common suggestions in view of the recent developments and then having concentrate proposals, then they should be able to sit in the dialogue with Pakistan and India,' they stressed.


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