Kashmir CM Welcomes Return Of Popular Govt In Pak

25 March 2008

Srinagar: Pro-India Chief Minister of Kashmir, Ghulam Nabi Azad has welcomed the installation of an elected Prime Minister in Pakistan, hoping that the return of democracy in the neighbouring country would usher an atmosphere of peace and amity in the region. In a statement issued here, the pro-India Chief Minister of Kashmir described Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani's taking oath as a head of the new government in Pakistan following general elections as a positive development for the growth of democracy there. He said this would also end the uncertainty prevailing in Pakistan for the last year which had also slowed down the dialogue process with India. 'With an elected government in place in Pakistan, I am hopeful that it will work towards consolidation of the peace process initiated by the two countries four years ago', Azad said, adding that an atmosphere of peace and amity was in the best interests of the people of the region and the world at large. He expressed optimism that the new government would build on the positive change in the thinking of the leadership of Pakistan and let the ongoing phase of reconciliation and harmonies in the sub-continent develop further. 'I hope Mr. Gilani will reinforce India's efforts for promoting peace, friendship and trust in the region', the Chief Minister said. He said that he was looking forward to an early resumption of the dialogue process between India and Pakistan