Indian pull-out from Kashmir must for peace, says Sikandar
29 November 2003
The News International
KOTLI: Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Prime Minister Sardar Sikandar Hayat Khan has said withdrawal of Indian troops from occupied valley and conceding right to self-determination to Kashmiris can ensure durable peace, stability and economic development of the region.Addressing a gathering here on Saturday, the AJK prime minister said ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) has provided a sigh of relief to the innocent civilians, who were the victims of Indian troops' unprovoked and indiscriminate shelling for decades.The AJK premier said the ongoing freedom struggle in occupied Kashmir is a universal truth and India must accept this fact and mend its stubborn attitude for the economic prosperity and stability of the region.He said the Pakistan has always looked forward for dialogue and tried to resolve all the contentious issues with India in a amicable and peaceful manners but never received positive response from India.Sikandar welcomed the resumption of road, air, trade cultural, social and political links with India but emphasised the need for resolving the Kashmir dispute as it has been the core and stone of conflict between the two nuclear powers.The prime minister said the Kashmir issue would be resolved through tripartite parleys and sacrifices rendered by the Kashmiris would bring fruit soon.He categorically rejected the Indian stance on Kashmir that it was an integral part of India.The prime minister expressed the hope that the ruling Muslim Conference would win the upcoming By-election of District Bagh.He said the AJK government would ensure free and fair polls and for this purpose all concern authorities have been strictly directed. He said the AJK opposition had become nervous and the people have understood this reality.The AJK premier said the past three regimes of AJK Pakistan People's Party comprise prejudices, nepotism and havoc. He said the PPP AJK always used back doors for to reach power corridors and Muslim Conference came into power through masses' power.He said the AJK government has launched countless projects for the welfare of masses and it will leave no stone unturned for the welfare of the state.