September 2005 News

Dialogue Only Way To Solve Kashmir, Says Sardar Qayyum

18 September 2005
The Nation

New Delhi: Former AJK Prime Minister and President Sardar Muhammad Abdul Qayyum Khan on Sunday said Kashmir dispute could be resolved only by dialogue, which needs to be put on the fast track. The dialogue process was at present moving at a slow pace, he told newsmen at Ajmer adding, it should be speeded up. Launching of Srinagar- Muzaffarabad bus service was a welcome development, he maintained. Former AJK premier is here to attend the two-day 'Heart to Heart' Kashmir Conference to be held on September 20-21. The leaders of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Indian Occupied Kashmir will attend the meet. Earlier, Panthers Party Chief Bhim Singh called upon Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and briefed him about the 'Heart to Heart' meeting between leaders of AJK and IHK. Bhim Singh said that Kashmir conference, being held for the first time, was his humble effort towards finding lasting peace in the region. Indian Occupied Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Sayeed, former state Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah, JKLF Chief Yaseen Malik and other Kashmiri leaders have also been invited to the conference. Sardar Qayyum left for Ajmer Sharif to offer fateha at the Dargah Sharif of Hazrat Khawaja Moeenuddin Chishti (RA). He will return to tomorrow to attend the Conference. During his stay here, Sardar Qayyum is expected to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. 'I am here to lend a helping hand to the peace process. There are difficulties. But the (Indo-Pak) dialogue has shown some forward movement', he was quoted as saying by the Indian media. The proposed movement of trucks across the LoC was a good idea, he said adding, 'but security procedures need to be made less cumbersome to promote trade and people-to-people movement.'


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