Peaceful Resolution Of Kashmir Dispute Imperative For Prosperity Of Region: Kaira

22 July 2009
Associated Press of Pakistan

Brussels: Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Northern Areas Qamar Zaman Kaira said on Wednesday that peaceful resolution of Kashmir issue is imperative as it would bring development and prosperity in the region. Talking to journalists after his meeting with Member European Parliament and Chairman All Party Kashmir Group in EU Parliament, James Elles here,he said Pakistan has always supported amicable and peaceful resolution of Kashmir issue as per resolutions of United Nations. James Elles and Executive Director Kashmir Centre Brussels Barrister Abdul Majeed Trambu were also present on the occasion. The minister said that the longstanding issue of Kashmir has been lingering on the UN agenda for last six decades and urged the participation of Kashmiris in composite dialogue process between India and Pakistan. Kaira said:'In dialogue process,involvement of Kashmiri leadership was a must as it would help them achieve their right toselfdetermination.' He congratulated James Elles over his reelection as member EU Parliament and lauded the role of EU for highlighting the Kashmir issue at the international level. Answering a question,Qamar Zaman Kaira who also holds the portfolio of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting,said at Sharmel Sheikh,meeting of our Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani with his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh was a right step and composite dialogue process would be initiated soon between the two countries in which all important issues including Kashmir would be on agenda. He said that Pakistan is a sovereign country and it would not allow anybody to take any action against terrorists on its soil.He said that Pakistan is fully committed to eliminate terrorism and has sacrificed a lot to flush out this menace from the country. 'Pakistan is itself,a victim of terrorism,and has been trying to eliminate extremism and terrorism in all forms and manifestations and its efforts for this purpose have been appreciated world over'. The minister stressed the need for addressing root causes of terrorism which include poverty,ignorance and sense of deprivation. James Elles appreciated the agreement to reinitiate composite dialogue process between India and Pakistan on all issues including Kashmir and said that peaceful resolution of this issue would bring development and prosperity in both the countries. Replying to a question on any roadmap on the Kashmir issue by the EU,he said that both India and Pakistan should prepare a strategy to resolve this vital issue and the EU would extend all possible support and assistance in this regard. Barrister Abdul Majeed Trambu highlighted the activities of Kashmir Centre Brussels in creating awareness about the issue of Kashmir in European Union. Meanwhile,Minister for Kashmir Affairs also visited an exhibition of Kashmiri arts and crafts held in connection with the Kashmir Week at EU.He also visited the picture exhibition on human rights violations by the Indian occupation forced in the Indian occupied Kashmir.