Musharraf reaffirms support for Kashmir cause
25 October 2005
The News International
Rawalpindi: President Pervez Musharraf on Tuesday reaffirmed Pakistan's commitment to finding a just and equitable resolution to the long- standing Jammu and Kashmir dispute. Speaking to Kashmiri leader Yasin Malik, the president said the people of Kashmir on both sides of the Line of Control (LoC) should be allowed to help each other in relief and reconstruction work in the wake of the October 8 massive earthquake. Pakistan has formally proposed to India to open the LoC in Kashmir and identified five points for allowing the Kashmiris on the two sides to help each other in relief and reconstruction efforts in the aftermath of the natural calamity. Yasin Malik, who is Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, called on the president to express solidarity and support on behalf of the people of held Kashmir. 'The people of Pakistan are committed to the cause of Kashmir and want a just and equitable resolution to the dispute in accordance with wishes of the Kashmiri people,' the president said. He briefed the Kashmiri leader on the massive efforts under way to provide tents, medicines and succor to the people of quake-ravaged areas in Azad Kashmir and the NWFP. Malik welcomed Musharraf's proposal for cross-LoC movement in view of relief and reconstruction cooperation between the Kashmiris on both sides. 'We fully support the proposal and believe that the people on both sides of the LoC should be allowed to meet each other and take part in relief and reconstruction efforts,' he stated. He contributed Rs 2 million to the President's Relief Fund.