December 2003 News

India will not to be allowed to take benefit from ceasefire, Kashmir resolution first priority: Jamali

12 December 2003
NNI - Pakistan News - Main Stories

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali has said that India has to resolve Kashmir issue and other outstanding issues with Pakistan and would not allow it to take benefit from the ceasefire and erect barbed fence along with Line of Control. Addressing a press conference here Friday after his return from France, Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali said that Pakistan has taken the issue of barbed fence with India as we are pursuing the goal for peace. He termed his visit to France as highly successful. Pakistan discussed with France about cooperation in defence field and it agreed to extend cooperation in airforce and navy. He said that a French delegation will visit next month and Pak-France joint war games would also be held. He said that Pakistan and France are allies in fighting against terrorism and both the countries enjoy good friendly relations. During his visit to Geneva, the Prime Minster said that he held talks with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Bangladeshi Prime Minster Khalida Zia, Inranian President Syed Muhammad Khatmi and Swiss President and they appreciated Pakistan's peace overtures with India and express confidence over Pakistan's efforts for normalization of relations and defusing tension in the South Asian region. The leaders also welcomed Indian Prime Minster's visit to attend SAARC summit and said that it is an important development with regard to the relations between the two countries. Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali said that during his talks with the Iranian President he discussed with him regarding laying of gas pipeline and other important issues. He said that Iranian First Vice President Dr. Raza Arif will visit Pakistan soon and will discuss the construction of gas pipeline, provision of power and customs tariff matters. He said that Begum Khalida Zia will also visit Pakistan. He said that during his meeting with Egyptian President, he expressed his wish for exchange of delegation for the expansion of relations between the two countries. He said that the impression that Pakistan is a terrorist country has been removed to some extent and many entrepreneurs have shown interest to invest in I.T. and other fields. He said that we have made clear that there is no problem of security in Pakistan, they come and see as Pakistan has a great potential in investment. He expressed his indignation and sorrow over the death of Maulana Shah Ahmed Noorani and appreciated his services as politician and a religious figure. He said that they had played an excellent role in Nazam-e-Mustafa movement and it would be difficult for MMA to fill the political vacuum. Later answering questions, the Prime Minister said that erecting of fence along the LoC would not create hindrance in the normalization of relations, however he asked India not to erect barbed wire. While reaction to Indian prime Minister for joint currency, defence and open border, Prime Minster said that Kashmir is core issue between the two countries which should be resolved first and the goals of a single currency and open borders have so far been achieved by the European Union after a long and arduous journey. First they resolved their political disputes, then they harmonized their financial and economic policies and institutions, and created a common infrastructure. ASEAN has also followed the same model, but it is not there yet. To a question regarding MMA's deadline, he said that deadline is still very much there, but we hope that the matters between MMA and the Government would soon be resolved. He said that in Geneva he met in Switzerland with the representatives of Bill Gates company. To another question regarding that arrest of nuclear scientists, he said that he can't comment on the matter without information. About sending troops to Iraq, the Prime Minster said that the decision would be made with the consensus of the masses and the opposition. He said that his telephonic conversation with Indian Prime Minister was positive and productive.- detail_foot(); foot();


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