Pakistan: Kashmir Line Of Control Cannot Be Permanent Border
30 June 2005
Voice of America
Islamabad: Pakistani Prime Minister says Pakistan wants the peaceful settlement of its dispute with India over Kashmir but will never accept the ceasefire Line of Control as a permanent border. The dispute over the Himalayan region is at the heart of decades of tension between South Asia's nuclear-armed rivals. Speaking to legislators of Pakistani-ruled Kashmir in Muzaffarabad Thursday, Mr. Aziz said Pakistan has always emphasized that differences with India should be resolved through 'meaningful and constructive' dialogue. But he said Pakistan cannot agree to any proposal that aims at converting the existing Line of Control into a permanent border. He also said the ongoing peace process between the two rivals is irreversible and they will have to show courage and flexibility to continue the dialogue.