Peace in S.Asia hinges on settlement of Kashmir dispute: PM

Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, while reiterating Pakistan’s principled stand on the Kashmir issue, has said that the Kashmir dispute would continue to remain relevant to the world due to its strategic importance, for it is on the resolution of this intractable dispute that the peace and development of the entire South Asian region hinges.

The Prime Minister was talking to Prime Minister of AJK Raja Muhammad Farooq Haider, who called on him at PM’s House here Monday afternoon.

The Prime Minister said that the resolution of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the wishes of the Kashmiri people could help efforts for peace and economic prosperity in this part of the world. He said Pakistan will continue extending its political, moral and diplomatic support to the people of Kashmir, adding that the whole nation is united on this issue.

The Prime Minister asked the AJK Government to focus its energies on the improvement of the living standard of the people by promoting good governance at every level. He said that the funds allocated for development projects in AJK would be timely released and these should be diligently utilized so that the benefit could reach the masses in time. He stressed that effective surveillance of the ongoing development activities by the elected representatives would help improve its execution as well as quality.

Highlighting the importance of reconciliation and consensus on various important issues, the Prime Minister said that it not only helps in formulation of effective strategy to overcome the difficulties but also provides political ownership during its execution. He added that the policy of collective wisdom should be the hallmark of AJK government in resolution of various issues.

The Prime Minister asked both the Ministry of Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan Affairs and Government of AJK to increase their coordination through increased interaction. This, he said, would facilitate their working for effective delivery of services through greater understanding that would in turn benefit the masses.

The Prime Minister said that he would soon visit the AJK.

The Prime Minister was also briefed on the progress of ongoing development activates in AJK.
Raja Muhammad Farooq Haider appreciated the Prime Minister for his endeavors in raising the issue of Kashmir at every forum and thanked the government and people of Pakistan for their unstinted support towards their Kashmiri brethren.

Federal Minister for Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan Affairs, Mian Manzoor Ahmed Watto and senior government officials were present on this occasion.

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