Gillani: Pak wants result-oriented talks on Kashmir
30 April 2008
The Indian Express
: Pak wants result-oriented talks on Kashmir Islamabad, April 30 Pakistan wants “fruitful and result-oriented” talks on Kashmir with India which it hoped will soon lead to a “positive” outcome, Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gillani said on Wednesday while backing the “right to self-determination” for Kashmiris. “Pakistan wants fruitful and result-oriented talks on Kashmir with India. We hope that the political and composite dialogue process between the two countries will soon lead to some positive result,” Gillani, on his first visit to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, told a joint session of its Assembly and Council in Muzaffarabad. He said measures initiated for people-to-people contacts in the region should be complemented by trade and tourism between the two parts of Kashmir. “In my policy statement in the National Assembly, I had referred to Pakistan’s Kashmir policy and said we will take forward the peace process with India and use dialogue to resolve the basic issue of Kashmir,” said Gillani who was sworn in last month as the head of the ruling PPP-led coalition. “We want friendly relations with all our neighbours, including India. Peace is necessary for the 1.3 billion people living in South Asia,” he said.