December 2004 News

Pak Will Not Give Up Stand On J-K: Aziz

18 December 2004
The Times of India

Islamabad: Claiming moral support among the international community for Pakistans stand on Kashmir, Pakistan Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz has said his country will not leave its principled stance on the issue. The Indian leadership knows all this very well that we are not giving up our principled stand on Kashmir. And in my recent Indian visit I had made it clear to the leadership in New Delhi that Pakistan wants to solve the Kashmir dispute through peaceful and meaningful talks, but we will never leave our principled stand, he was quoted as saying in the media in Islamabad. 'Pakistans stand on Kashmir enjoyed the moral support of the world, which makes our case stronger,' he claimed to reporters on board the plane on Saturday while returning from his state visit to China. He said his visit to China was a success, adding, Beijing had agreed to install a second nuclear reactor at the Chashma nuclear power plant early next year overcoming its concerns following revelations by Pakistans top nuclear scientist A.Q. Khan that he proliferated nuclear technology to Iran, Libya and North Korea. Pakistan officials accompanying Aziz said, initially Chinese government expressed concern following the disclosure about Khan's involvement in the black market of nuclear arsenal, local daily 'Dawn' said. 'But their misgivings have been allayed and they are now very comfortable with the command and control system of Pakistan's nuclear arms. They see it as an individual act for which the state is not responsible,' the officials said.


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