I Will Work To Resolve The Kashmir Issue: Benazir
17 October 2007
The Times of India
Dubai: Former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto has said she will 'work sincerely' to resolve the Kashmir issue if voted to power but will not allow it to stand in the way of expanding trade ties with India. 'I will work sincerely towards resolving the Kashmir issue but will not let that stand in the way of proceeding on other matters like South Asian free market, trade, tourism and travel,' she said on Wednesday following a press conference here on the eve of her departure to Pakistan. The chairperson of the Pakistan People's Party (PPP), who fled from Pakistan in 1998 fearing arrest in corruption cases, said Islamabad will strive to have 'peace on our borders and friendship with our neighbouring countries', the Gulf News reported on Thursday. Pakistan's apex court is hearing a petition against the National Reconciliation Ordinance promulgated by President Pervez Musharraf that granted amnesty to Bhutto in graft cases, paving the way for her to retun home ahead of the general elections due in January. The paper quoted Bhutto as saying that the chances of her arrest were 'remote as there are no cases against me, the lower courts have dismissed all charges including the absentee case.' 'I cannot be arrested. Whoever is saying this is either ill-informed or deliberately creating confusion,' Bhutto said.