Foreign Minister Meets Kashmiri Leaders

17 May 2008
Associated Press of Pakistan

Islamabad: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi Saturday reaffirmed Pakistanís commitment to seeking a just and peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the aspirations of the Kashmiri people. He was talking to leadership of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and the representatives of the Kashmiri leaders from the Indian Occupied Kashmir including APHC here at the Foreign Office. The Foreign Minister briefed the particulars on the key parameters of Pakistanís Kashmir policy. Shah Mahmood Qureshi noted that for the last six decades the issue has remained unresolved despite several attempts at bilateral and multilateral levels. He recalled that in recent years the issue has been addressed within the Pakistan India Composite Dialogue. The Foreign Minister expressed the resolve of the Government to seek a just solution of this issue, which has been the subject of several UN resolutions. He said that Pakistan was ready to engage with India in a constructive dialogue to find a solution that is acceptable to all parties, in particular the people of Kashmir. The Foreign Minister welcomed the agreed Kashmir-related Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) which have enabled the divided families to meet and brought relief to Kashmiri people. The Kashmiri leaders greatly appreciated the briefing by the Foreign Minister, expressed their full confidence in the Kashmir policy of the democratically elected Government of Pakistan, and called for urgent resolution of the Kashmir issue. They also called for effective implementation of Kashmir related CBMs. The Foreign Minister extended an invitation to the leaders of APHC for a visit to Pakistan on mutually convenient dates. The representatives of the Kashmiri people thanked the Foreign Minister for this opportunity to have a useful exchange of views on Jammu and Kashmir.