Pakistan Will Never Compromise On Kashmir: Aziz
23 September 2004
The Hindustan Times
Islamabad: Asserting that it would never compromise on the Kashmir issue, Pakistan has said that the Thursday meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Pevez Musharraf would unfold the directions of the bilateral relations. 'We will never compromise on the Kashmir issue,' Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz said at a meeting in Lahore on Wednesday. He, however, said that meeting between Musharraf and Singh in New York on the sidelines of UN General Assembly would unfold the directions of relations between the two countries. Aziz said that the progress in relations with India in all other fields should be in tandem with progress on the issue of Jammu and Kashmir. He said Pakistan was striving for peace with all the countries and good relations with its neighbours. 'Pakistan has no aggressive designs against any country and wants good relations with all the countries,' he was quoted as saying by the official APP news agency. Aziz said the guiding principles of conduct of foreign policy of Pakistan was mutual respect and safeguarding the national interest. About Pak-ASEAN relations, he said the inclusion of Pakistan in ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) had enhanced the role of Pakistan in the region. 'We are trying to boost economic cooperation with the member states of ASEAN,' he said.