February 2007 News

PDP asks India, Pakistan to honour Kashmiris' aspirations

10 February 2007
Indo-Asian News Service

Jammu: The People's Democratic Party Saturday said an enduring resolution of the Kashmir issue could not be solved without addressing the aspirations of the Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control.Speaking at a meeting of the Political Affairs Committee (PAC), the highest decision-making body of the PDP, party patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed said here that the issue should not be viewed as a territorial dispute to be resolved by the two neighbouring countries bilaterally.'It is a problem with external and internal dimensions involving India, Pakistan and the people of Jammu and Kashmir,' he said. Sayeed also pointed out that the external dimensions of the problem involve the stands and stakes of India and Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir while the internal dimensions relate to the relationship between the two parts of Kashmir with their respective mainland.'The agreements between India and Pakistan like the one at Shimla, recognised only the external dimensions ', he said.'While we welcome the ongoing peace process between India and Pakistan to find a solution of the external dimensions, it is imperative that any such attempt should form a part of a comprehensive, integrated settlement structure that also addresses the aspirations of the people of the state and gives them a sense of security, dignity, prosperity and durable peace,' he added.


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