Kashmir solution imperative, says PM

Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani on Monday again made it clear that undoubtedly Kashmir solution is imperative adding until and unless it is not solved amicably, peace cannot be restored in the entire South Asia.

There is no threat whatsoever to the government adding it has full support and backing of the Establishment, Prime Minister told host of journalists accompanying him in his plane that is traveling to Bhutan here on Monday.

Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani is on his way to Bhutan to lead the Pakistan’s delegation to the 16th SAARC Summit being held in Thimphu, from April 28-29. The heads of state and government of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are attending the Summit. Representatives from the observer states will also be participating in the Summit.

Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said that Pakistan accords great importance to SAARC and during his visit he would work towards making the South Asian countries regional group functional and active.

Gilani said during his visit he would meet heads of governments of various countries to discuss bilateral and regional issues.

Regarding Pak-India talks, he told journalists that it is the need of the hour that heads of both countries start dialogue process as due to Mumbai terrorist Attacks, talks could not be possible in an harmonious manner but now things have changed.

He further added that both countries are contacting with each other regarding MTA investigations methodically on Interior Ministry levels since last many months.

In response to another question, PM said that passage of 18th amendment bill is a blessing in disguise and a gift to nation.

Government believes firmly in Provincial autonomy, he said.

The unanimous adoption of 18th Amendment will stabilize democracy and strengthen the federation, PM underlined.

Meanwhile Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani arrived in Nepal before reaching Bhutan. He was accompanied by her spouse Fauzia Gilani and other members.

Upon arrival in Nepal, he was given a warm and cordial welcome at the Katmandu airport where government officials and people of Nepal were present in large numbers.

During his short visit, PM Gilani will meet his Nepalese counterpart before 16th SAARC Summit being held in Thimphu, from April 28-29.

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