December 2003 News

AJK, held Kashmir assemblies back CBMs

11 December 2003
The News International

MUZAFFARABAD: The legislatures of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and held Kashmir on Thursday hailed the peace moves between India and Pakistan, particularly the confidence-building measures regarding the Kashmir dispute.The AJK session here welcomed the ceasefire on the Line of Control and the proposal to run a bus service up to held Srinagar, while the held Kashmir assembly session in held Jammu passed a resolution, tabled by Chief Minister Mufti Sayeed and backed by all the political parties, supporting Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee's peace initiatives.Speaking on the floor, AJK Prime Minister Sardar Sikandar Hayat welcomed the Indian proposals to run the bus service, but warned the move would be resisted if Kashmiri passengers were required to travel with passports and visas. 'This House...welcomes the proposed bus service between held Srinagar and Muzaffarabad because it would help the Kashmiris on both sides. However, there should not be any visa restrictions,' said the resolution passed by the AJK Assembly.The assembly welcomed the ceasefire on the LoC and said that it had 'indeed mitigated the sufferings of the people living along the LoC.' 'For the first time in several years Kashmiris living along the LoC offered Eid prayers in open grounds following the ceasefire,' the premier said.Speaking on the occasion, former prime minister Sardar Abdul Qayyum said that the journey to held Kashmir on passport and visa would amount to betrayal.The lawmakers condemned the Indian attempts to fence the LoC as a human rights violation. 'This house expresses its serious concern and strongly condemns fencing of the Line of Control,' the house declared in a resolution. 'This act is against the basic human rights of and violation of the United Nations resolutions on Kashmir.' The AJK assembly said that fencing the LoC amounted to abuse of a unique ceasefire which had held since November 26 on the LoC. 'Pakistan must take up this issue seriously to prevent India from fencing the dividing line,' the resolution stressed.In the held Kashmir assembly, the chief minister said that the assembly endorsed the initiative taken by Prime Minister Vajpayee for establishing peace in held Jammu and Kashmir. 'The assembly has taken note of the positive response to these initiatives from all quarters and we express confidence that a composite dialogue on different fronts will yield positive results for bringing peace to the state,' he said.


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