March 2006 News

US not asked to mediate on Kashmir: Kasuri

20 March 2006
The Daily Times
Shahzad Raza

Islamabad: Foreign Minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri on Monday informed the Senate that Pakistan had not requested the United States to mediate on Kashmir dispute, but it urged upon the US government to show its interest on the dispute to resolve it. We had not asked the US for mediation, but for facilitation. We want the Muslim Ummah and international community show interest on Kashmir, he stated while winding up debate on foreign policy in the upper house of Parliament. He categorically stated that Pakistan would not accept any solution to Kashmir dispute which was unacceptable to the people of Kashmir. He said in his recent visit US President George Bush promised to show interest on core dispute between India and Pakistan. He said both India and Pakistan had fought three wars and realised that none of them could inflict its approach to the other country. He added both the countries were a nuclear power and must resolve the disputed issues through dialogues. On Indo-US nuclear agreement he said Pakistan would not accept any discriminatory treatment by the US. He said the US should offer the nuclear technology to both India and Pakistan in form of separate packages. He said Pakistans energy requirements were increasing and it required more resources to meet its needs. He said Pakistan was a responsible nuclear state and no one could dare ask Pakistan to roll back its nuclear programme. He said Pakistan would not favour any move which was meant to contain China.


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