Obama Should Deliver On Kashmir Promise: Nawaz

29 October 2009
Daily Times

Lahore: US President Barack Obama should deliver on his campaign promise of addressing the Kashmir issue, Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz chief Nawaz Sharif told US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday. Nawaz said Obama had vowed that he would work towards promoting normalisation of ties between Pakistan and India and facilitating the resolution of the Kashmir issue. He said Obama’s proposition had been a “positive concept” that now needed to be given official shape. He said the people of Pakistan would welcome such an objective, which would make a meaningful contribution for establishing peace in the region. Nawaz stressed the need for establishing Pak-US relationship based on mutual trust and interest. The PML-N chief said Pakistan had been an important friend and ally of the US and the two countries had cooperated on many important global issues in the past. Nawaz applauded President Obama's policy of dialogue and engagement, especially with regard to the Muslim world, which he said would help foster understanding, reduce tensions and facilitate the resolution of regional and global issues. He also praised Clinton for her efforts in bringing greater US investment to Pakistan, especially in the energy sector, saying these measures would not only strengthen the country's economy, but also foster a closer relationship between the two countries. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Nisar Ali Khan, Ishaq Dar and Khawaja Asif accompanied Nawaz in the meeting. Clinton was accompanied by special envoy Richard Holbrooke, US Ambassador Anne Patterson and Assistant Secretary of State PG Crowel. Earlier, Shahbaz welcomed Clinton to Lahore. This was Shahbaz’s second meeting with Clinton, the first being in Washington.