August 2004 News

India To Hold Sincere Dialogue To Resolve Kashmir Issue: Sheikh Rashid

19 August 2004
News Network International

Islamabad: The Information Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad has urged India to hold sincere dialogue with Pakistan to resolve Kashmir issue and not to issue irresponsible statements maligning it in terrorism. Talking to newsmen here Thursday, he said Kashmir is the major contentious issue between the two countries which is the main hurdle in restoration of normal ties between the two countries. Rejected the Indian allegation of terrorism he advised India to adopt serious attitude to resolve all issues including the core issue of Kashmir. The Minister said Pakistan fully supports the indigenous struggle of Kashmiri people for their right of self-determination and stressed the Indian leaders to avoid issuing false and irresponsible statements and work for a positive dialogue to restore peace and stability in the region. Replying to a question Sheikh Rashid Ahmad said by giving a landslide victory in the Attock and Tharparkar by- elections people have reposed confidence in the leadership of PML. He said the new government under the leadership of Shaukat Aziz will work vigorously for the development and prosperity of the country. To another question, he said our security agencies and police have been successful in penetrating the network of terrorists and have arrested a large number of terrorists. He said the terrorists can create panic and frustration as we have struck their network. The Information Minister said the present government gives high esteem to the ulema and there is no confrontation with the religious parties. He, however, said efforts should be made to remove misunderstandings with ulema for a congenial atmosphere in the country.


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