October 2004 News

Decision On Kashmir Will Not Be Imposed: Pak

17 October 2004
The Indian Express

Islamabad: Contending that any decision on Kashmir would not be imposed on the people of the state, Pakistan has said the issue would be resolved in line with the will of the Kashmiris. 'Both India and Pakistan will not impose their decision on the people of Kashmir. The Kashmir problem will be resolved in line with the will of Kashmiris,' Kasuri was quoted as saying by the official media in Islamabad. Besides Indian and Pakistani participation, the involvement of the Kashmiri leadership in the dialogue process for peacefully settling the issue was imperative, he said. He reiterated Pakistan's stand that the proposed Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus service should be run without passport and visa so that the reunion of families on both sides of the Line of Control could be ensured. Kasuri said that as agreed earlier the talks between the two Foreign Secretaries under next round of composite dialogue will be held in December while External Affairs Minister K Natwar Singh will visit Pakistan in two months time. He denied Pakistan had changed its stance on Kashmir and said both countries should be flexible to resolve the issue. Describing the September 24 meeting between President Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New York as a milestone for both countries, Kasuri said the dialogue process would continue because the basic problem the two sides face was poverty and they had understood that the only way to solve the problem was through dialogue. He also said Pakistan had successfully transformed its image in the international community. 'China and Russia have supported Pakistan in joining the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.'


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