February 2006 News

Call to open Kargil-Skardu road

18 February 2006
The Hindu
Staff Reporter

Mirpur: The former Chief Justice of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, Abdul Majeed Malik, has appealed to India and Pakistan to open up all possible Line of Control points to address humanitarian problems and take forward the dialogue process. Mr. Malik had delivered the famous landmark judgment when he had asked the Pakistan Government to merge Northern areas with Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, as their division was void on legal and constitutional basis. In an interview with The Hindu , Justice Malik said, 'There are important historic roads which should be opened to make the dialogue process more participative and also to better address the problem of divided families on both sides of the Line of Control. 'Whenever discussions on the Kashmir issue start, it would be important to include every region or group which was part of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir.' For this reason, he added, the opening of the Skardu-Kargil road link is important. He said, 'Ladakh and the Northern areas comprise two-thirds of the total area of the undivided state of Jammu and Kashmir. Certainly these two parts cannot be excluded from this process.' He said a political solution of the Kashmir issue is the only way out of its complex political nature. '


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