Status Quo On Kashmir Not Acceptable To Pak: Aziz
9 August 2005
Islamabad: Pakistan has said the status quo on Kashmir is not acceptable to it although the dialogue process with India is heading in the 'right direction.' Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, currently on a visit to Tokyo, said Islamabad wants itself, India and Kashmiri leaders to resolve the Kashmir issue. 'If Kashmir is not resolved it will be unfortunate for the region,' he said adding the current status quo is not acceptable to it. 'So far all three stakeholders haven't been able to sit at the table together and resolve the issue according to what all the three want,' he said in his address to the Japan Institute of International Affairs on 'The situation in and around South Asia and future prospects for the South Asian region.' 'However, we are heading in the right direction and India and Pakistan are engaged in CBMs on all major issues including, Kashmir' but at the same time the two countries have to make efforts to overcome distrust and resolve the issue squarely rather than push it in the back burner. He said the resolution of the Kashmir issue would lead to peace and progress in the region. Aziz also sought to allay Japanese fears concerning the Gwadar port being built by Pakistan with the assistance of China in Balochistan province, saying it is not a military base but a port to handle civilian cargo. 'Never ever was Gwadar considered to become a military base,' he said while responding to fears expressed by the Japanese media on the issue.