Opening Of Trade Route Across LoC To Help Resolve Long-standing Kashmir Dispute: Azeem Daultana

23 October 2008
Associated Press of Pakistan

Islamabad: Parliamentary Secretary for Information and Broadcasting, Azeem Daultana Thursday said opening of trade route across the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir has firmed up the hope to see resolution of the long-standing dispute in the near future. In his comments on the opening of first ever trade link between Azad Kashmir and Occupied Kashmir through Muzaffarabad and Srinagar during the last 61 years, he said the beginning of bilateral trade process has filled the heart of Kashmiris with joy, enabling them to meet with their near and dear. Talking to APP, Azeem Daultana said steps have been taken as major Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) to encourage Pak-India parleys on key issues. He termed trade process the first step toward strengthening bilateral ties which would further improve economic conditions of people on both sides. Answering another question regarding adoption of national security policy resolution by Parliament, he said it was a milestone in country’s parliamentary history that would help eliminate terrorism. It was third session of its nature in the country’s history which reflects the commitment of the present government to keep the parliament united. Hailing the resolution mainly emphasizing on dialogue and development in the troubled areas, the Parliamentary Secretary said it was historic day on Wednesday when a joint resolution was adopted which also bears the broad parameter and policy guideline with regard to national security. He appreciated formation of a committee from the two houses of parliament which will monitor and review the guideline identified in the resolution. The passage of resolution also shows that the entire nation has joined hands to eliminate terrorism and extremism, he added. Replying to another question, he said the overall atmosphere of parliament during in-camera session was excellent as all members participated in the debate on national security. Now every party would extend their full cooperation to the government to eliminate terrorism, he said and added that even locals have joined hands with the government to fight terrorism. He said the government was committed to root out terrorism, hoping the joint resolution would have positive impact in this regard.