Kashmir Issue Obstructing Good Ties Between Pak-India: Qayyum
22 December 2004
The Pakistan Tribune
Muzaffarabad: Former President and Prime Minister of Azad Kashmir Sardar Abdul Qayyum has said that cordial relations between Pakistan and India can not restore without the solution of Kashmir issue. 'Issue of Kashmir is a main hurdle in the way of good ties between Pak-India', noted AJK former president while talking to VoA on Wednesday. He said it was imperative to provide an opportunity to the leadership of both parts of Kashmir to sit together for resolving the long- standing issue of Kashmir. Sardar Qayyum urged India to shun its old stance of 'atoot ange' and take practical steps for Kashmir resolution. He observed that Kashmir issue couldn't resolve abruptly, as its solution requires step-by-step measures. He appreciated consensus between two countries for seize fire on Line of Control (LoC), added further steps are needed for the progress to resolve the dispute. Sardar Qayyum also stressed the participation of all Kashmiri groups in talks process. Third party mediation may also prove supportive for Kashmir solution, he maintained. He noted it was because of the festering issue of Kashmir that both Pakistan and India are confronting heavy loss. Talking Kashmir Conference in Katmandu, he said the conference would reduce tension between two countries.