December 2004 News

Kashmir Committee Denounces Indian Foreign Secretary Statement On Kashmir

30 December 2004
The Pakistan Tribune

Islamabad: Parliamentary committee for Kashmir has strongly condemned the statement of Indian foreign secretary on declaring Kashmir integral part of India. Condemnation echoed in a meeting of the committee held here Thursday under its chairman Hamid Nasir Chatha in parliament house. Foreign minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri, all members of the committee and senior officials of foreign ministry attended the meeting. Giving briefing to the journalists on the decisions taken in the meeting, committee spokesman, Raja Pervez Ashraf and Begum Attiya Inayat Ullah said that the committee held in camera session. Committee was of consensus opinion that Kashmir was a national issue and all the parties and the nation have identical stance on this issue. Resolution of Kashmir dispute in line with the aspirations of the people of Kashmir is the need of hour. No solution to Kashmir problem contrary to the wishes of Kashmiri people will be acceptable. They told that as per report of Sub committees, the whole nation will express solidarity with people of Kashmir on February 5 with zeal and fervour. Kashmir committee will deliver memorandum to UN offices on February 5. All the political and religious parties will also express solidarity with Kashmiris on this day. Proposal for holding function on Kashmir day under the Prime Minister was also presented in the meeting. Attiya Inayat Ullah further told that it was also decided in the meeting that parliament will be informed about any movement forward in ongoing dialogue process between Pakistan and India on Kashmir issue. She reiterated that war was no solution to any problem. We don't accept Line of control as permanent borders. Begum Attiya Inayat Ullah dubbed Indian foreign secretary statement on Kashmir as irresponsible, contrary to the facts and against the international laws saying that the statement was not worthy of saying and hearing. This statement was also discussed in the committee meeting. She questioned under which rule India was talking of converting LoC into permanent borders. She noted that Indian intent on Kashmir issue was bad. On the other hand Pakistan was engaged in talks for resolution of all contentious issues with good intent. 'We are determined for resolution of lingering Kashmir dispute. Sacrifices rendered by people of Kashmir in the freedom struggle would not go waste', she added. She announced in categorical term that no compromise would be made on Kashmir issue. It is long standing issue. The solution to this vital issue would be presented in parliament, she indicated.


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