Attique For Making Kashmir As Peace Bridge Between Pakistan, India
4 August 2007
Associated Press of Pakistan
Islamabad: Prime Minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Sardar Attique Ahmed suggested Kashmiris be provided with an opportunity to establish a peace bridge between Pakistan and India.World community especially the USA must be more proactive in resolving Kashmir issue, the AJK premier said during meeting with Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Peterson City Council, established in year 1792, Mr. Jose Joey Morres and Mr Awni Abu Hadva. Sardar Attique also called for making entire state of Jammu and Kashmir a nuclear free zone, said a press release issued here Saturday from New York, USA. Jammu and Kashmir conflict between Pakistan and India has ceased the fortune of millions of people in South Asia. Kashmir issue after the Kargil crisis of 1999 and 2002 military escalation between Pakistan and India emerged as a fully ripe nuclear flash point in the region with great potential to subvert world peace. However, people in region are keeping their fingers cross due to ongoing composite dialogue process between old adversaries. Mayor Jose, while welcoming Attique appreciated his vision for a peaceful resolution of Kashmir issue between Pakistan and India. The world including the USA was very much interested in inducting peace in the region and to see a peaceful resolution of Kashmir dispute, he said. Attique appreciated American values and its people sense of accommodation that has hosted multi cultural, ethnic and religious entities from around the world. Over US pivotal role in the world politics, he said the United States being the sole superpower of the world is in a strong position to facilitate the solutions of Jammu and Kashmir dispute between. 'We expect US to play more vibrant role for a just and final settlement of the issue,' he said. He appreciated the role of world community in helping Kashmiris after the earthquake of October 8, 2005 and exclusively thanked American public for their generous assistance through USAID programme. Attique said the July 11, 2006 general elections in Azad Kashmir were unique in the sense that they were held amidst at the heels of devastating 2005 earthquake. 'During our elections days the whole world was present in Azad Kashmir through their volunteers, NGOs and the NATO. They observed the election exercise. All had praised the boldness and smooth polls at that critical time. Polls were incident-free,' he said. While, appreciating the initiative of President General Pervez Musharraf on Kashmir, he urged upon India on the need to include Kashmiris in the dialogue process. Unfolding his political and economic vision, he said, 'we are democratic people and have all our constitutional bodies full functional and independent.' On his vision of 'Green and skilled Kashmir' said the primary focus of his government is to create awareness among general public over global issues such as global warming , water management, modernization of farming, tourism, education, information technology and other economic networking by providing equal gender employment opportunities. The Mayor and the Deputy Mayor accepted the invitation of the Prime Minister to visit Azad Kashmir. The Mayor presented a Civic Replica as memento to the Prime Minister. Present in the meeting were Syed Aftab Hussain Shah President Muslim Conference North America, Media Advisor to PM Hameed Shaheen, Chairman Youth Sardar Affan Khan, MC vice president Sardar Ilyas Khan, Sardar Basharat younger brother of AJK Minister Sardar Qayyum Niazi, local businessmen Kamal Khan, Ibrahim Khan and Karim Akhtar. The Pakistan Mission and Consul General Mr Mohsin Razi in New York hosted a luncheon in the honour of AJK Prime Minister. That was attended by MC President Syed Aftab Shah, Coordinator Hafiz Sabir, and Youth Chairman Sardar Affan Khan. Later in New Jersey at the residence of MC Chief Syed Aftab Hussain Shah a business delegation comprising Mr William E Covey and Mabel Covey called on the Prime Minister and discussed areas of investment in Azad Kashmir.