December 2003 News

CBMs amongst Pakistan, India meaningless if Kashmir issue not settled: AJK President

5 December 2003
NNI - Pakistan News - Main Stories

MUZAFFARABAD: AJK President Sardar Mohammad Anwar Khan Friday said that temporary measures in the name of confidence building between India and Pakistan could not serve at all to peace and security in the region unless the resolution of the core issue of Jammu and Kashmir. 'One may hope that ongoing thaw between India and Pakistan would ultimately pave way for the settlement of the Kashmir issue otherwise confidence building measures for normalization of the South Asian neighbours could serve nothing in the region,' The President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir was talking to various delegations who called on him in separate here. He suggested Indian authorities to also shun atrocities in the occupied Kashmir in line with its efforts of improving ties with Pakistan. 'Coordinated efforts top of which could be changing the policy of barbarianism in the held valley would surely create an environment towards amicable solution of the decades old crises.' He was of the view that the issue of Kashmir could only be settled through peaceful means only and another war might not serve anything. The Kashmiri people have been struggling from the last many decades for their legitimate right of self- determination 'its seems that their indigenous movement could only be ended if the problems is settled according to the wishes of the people of Kashmir.' He advocated a solution of Kashmir acceptable to three parties, India, Pakistan and the people of Kashmir. He also suggested Indian leadership to immediately stop atrocities in the Occupied Kashmir 'this single measure would restore confidence of the people of Kashmir and any stubborn attitude of New Delhi may not contribute any thing to the ongoing process of confidence building in the region.' He rejected the Indian accusation of any infiltration into the Occupied Kashmir from AJK. The UN Observers are monitoring from 'our side of Kashmir regularly and there is not a single such report of infiltration.' He said that Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee might be sincere in resolving this outstanding issue 'but there are influential hardliners in the parliament and cabinet who could sabotage all such efforts.' He advocated arbitration of United Nations for the settlement of Kashmir issue 'this is the responsibility of the international community to be engaged in this region for making any future talks on Kashmir successful and meaningful.'- foot();


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