August 2005 News

Awareness About Kashmir Issue Increases In West: Faisal

16 August 2005
Associated Press of Pakistan

Islamabad: Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Northern Areas Makhdoom Syed Faisal Hayat said Tuesday that awareness about Kashmir issue was increasing in the western countries. Talking to senior officials of Ministry of KANA and Azad Jammu and Kashmir Council Secretariat here about his recent visit to US, the minister said people in the countries like U.S.A thought that an early resolution of Kashmir issue was essential for global peace. Faisal said he had positive interaction with leading think-tanks in U.S. during his visit to New York, Washington and Los Angeles. 'I briefed them on the dangers looming large on the South Asian peace if there was not an early resolution of the Kashmir issue,' said the minister. Those think-tanks included Institute of Multi Track Diplomacy, Research Wing of the Library of Congress and RAND Corporation. Faisal called upon India to demonstrate flexibility for resolution of the Kashmir dispute. He said the lingering issue of Kashmir was not only threat to peace in South Asia but also to the world peace. But, unfortunately India was not taking serious steps to resolve this dispute, he added. The minister said no solution of the dispute was possible unless the Kashmiris are not included in the talks. He said Kashmiris living in USA had shown keen interest in investment in Azad Kashmir and some of them would soon be visiting Muzaffarabad and Mirpur. Faisal said he had also received offers from U.S. media organisations and think-tanks to train mediamen belonging to Azad Kashmir. The minister said he had useful interaction with Pakistani and Kashmiri community as well and took them into confidence about the policies of President General Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz.


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