April 2005 News

No Threat To Kashmir Bus In AJK: FO

4 April 2005
The Daily Times

Islamabad: Pakistan said on Monday there was no threat to the Muzaffarabad- Srinagar bus passengers in the territory of Azad Jammu and Kashmir. 'There is no security problem in Azad Kashmir because it is the most peaceful area in the region with a very low crime rate,' Foreign Office spokesman Jalil Abbas Jillani told reporters in the weekly briefing. Jillani said threats to passengers by some groups in Kashmir was uncalled for because the passengers would be 'genuine' Kashmiris. The spokesman said the World Bank was taking necessary steps to appoint a neutral expert for arbitration on the controversial Baglihar dam. He said that Pakistan had approached the World Bank after exhausting all opportunities to resolve the issue bilaterally. To a question, Jillani said that India had embarked on a major defence acquisition programme and should not feel threatened by Pakistan's acquisition of F-16s. About the list of Kashmiri leaders who have been denied entrance by Pakistan, Jillani said the list exchanged between the two sides did not include those names. 'The Indian authorities gave Pakistan the names when the list had already been finalised.' Asked to comment on the Indian petroleum minister's remarks on the route of the proposed Iran pipeline project, the spokesman said Pakistan would take a decision keeping in mind the best economic and feasible route. He said Pakistan had taken stern action against people involved in international nuclear black market network. 'It (Pakistan) shared the results of investigations with all concerned and they were satisfied,' he said. He said Pakistan had taken several steps to improve its human rights situation. Asked about a visit by Pakistan's former foreign secretary to Moscow, the FO spokesman said 'there is no secrecy involved' and the visit had been paid to meet members of the UN's Coffee Club group to discuss UN reforms.


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