Musharraf rules out any shift on Kashmir policy
1 July 2006
The Pakistan Tribune
Islamabad: President General Pervez Musharraf has assured Prime Minister of Azad Kashmir Sardar Sikandar Hayat Khan of unflinching Pakistani support for the Kashmir cause and ruled out any shift in Pakistanís Kashmir policy. Sardar Sikandar, accompanied by President Muslim Conference, Sardar Attique Ahmad Khan, met President Musharraf on Saturday at the Presidential Camp Office in Rawalpindi to discuss issues about forthcoming Kashmir general elections, Ongoing Pak- India peace talks and quake rehabilitation process. Sources have revealed that President Musharraf has assured the visiting leaders that there would be no change in Pakistanís Kashmir policy and it would continue its diplomatic and moral support on all global forums regarding the issue, since this core issue is the key to everlasting peace in the region. President Musharraf stressed on positive and speedy progress over the issue, and said that his options should be considered in their entirety and a positive response should be expedited. He said that comprehensive talks should be accompanied by a steady flow of confidence building measures. Expressing his opinion about the forthcoming elections in Azad Kashmir, President Musharraf hoped that they would be held in a peaceful and conducive environment, assuring transparency and fairness, and said that Pakistan would assume strict neutrality in them. He lauded the efforts of Muslim Conference and its leadership in highlighting the issue of Kashmir on the global platform, and also reiterated Pakistanís commitment for rehabilitation of quake hit zones. He assured the guests that all the affectees would be accommodated in their proper shelter homes well before the onset of winter. Sardar Sikandar Hayat Khan and Chairman Muslim Conference thanked President Musharraf for his continued support for quake affected zones and other development in Azad Kashmir, and also briefed the President about forthcoming elections and electoral preparations of Muslim Conference.