August 2005 News

No U-turn On Kashmir: PM

26 August 2005
The Pakistan Tribune

Islamabad: Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz has said Pakistan has neither changed its policy on Kashmir nor would it take one-sided u-turn in this regard. Talking to Prime Minister of Azad Jammu Kashmir (AJK) Sardar Sikandar Hayat Khan, who called on him at Prime Minister house he said issue of Jammu and Kashmir couldn't be put on back burner for a longer period of time. He said in the upcoming meeting between President Musharraf and Prime Minister Man Mohan Singh in New York the focal point of the agenda would be Kashmir issue. He said Pakistan would neither withdraw from its principle stance on Kashmir nor would it give up its political, diplomatic and moral support for Kashmiris. He said the sacrifices rendered by people of Kashmir would bear fruit and the issue would be resolved in line with wishes and aspirations of Kashmiri people. Talking about the ongoing dialogue between India and Pakistan he said we are carrying forward the process of confidence building measures with India but the need of the hour is to include Kashmiris in the dialogue process as well who are a real party to the dispute. He said government is paying special attention to development works in Kashmir especially in the areas of education, health and infrastructure. He applauded the performance of AJK government and dispelled any possibility of change in the administration. Prime Minister of AJK informed Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz about the political situation in AJK besides briefing about different problems faced by the Kashmiri people. He thanked Pakistani government for its efforts for highlighting the issue in an effective manner and reposed complete confidence in the policy adopted by the government on Kashmir.


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