India Should Pursue Status Quo On Siachen Glacier Issue : Rashid
21 May 2005
The Pakistan Tribune
Karachi: Describing the Siachen glacier issue as more disturbing for India, Pakistan's Information Minister Sheikh Rashid has advised India to pursue status quo on this issue instead of military advances on this front. Indian Army should avoid advancing and be stationed at its previous positions in Siachen glacier border to avoid further damages and disappointment, he said addressing inaugural ceremony of monthly Basat at a local hotel here on Saturday. India should learn the lesson from past experience that she has always suffered and gained nothing on Siachen glacier, he added. He termed the next few years as most important for politics in Pakistan as the South Asia would be centre of global politics. In India all parties are united for the sake of supreme national interest but here political parties are involved in lag pulling and wrangling, he added. Rejecting the reports of differences in PML ranks, he said, Chaudhry Shujaat would continue as President PML, saying ' difference of opinion do exist in every party.' Sheikh Rashid informed that soon President Pervez Musharraf would embark on visit to Central Asian States to seek support for resolution of Kashmir and Palestine issue. He also advised to US President George W Bush to visit Muslim countries as a good will gesture. Describing the promotion of electronic media as need of the hour, he said, the government has issued licenses to 37 TV channels. However, he said the importance of print media would always be felt like past.