ISLAMABAD: Minister for Kashmir Affairs Qamar-uz-Zaman Kaira has said that Pakistan wants to resume composite dialogue with India to reduce tension between them and concentrate their efforts to improve the lot of the peoples of the two countries. Addressing a news conference here on Tuesday, he said Pakistan will continue its moral, diplomatic and political supports to the struggle of Kashmiris for their right to self-determination.
Kaira said Pakistan intends to resolve the Kashmir issue according to the resolution passed by the United Nations that is acceptable to the Kashmiris. He said we believe that Kashmiris are main party to the issue and without their active involvement in the dialogue process no durable solution of the issue can be possible.
He said the government has always taken into confidence the Kashmiri leadership on both sides and it has never changed its principled stand on the issue that it should be resolve according to the aspirations of the Kashmiri people and satisfaction of both India and Pakistan.
The Minister said Pakistan has given various proposals to move forward to resolve the Kashmir issue as it understands that this long standing issue could only be solved through dialogue as war is no solution of any problem. To a question, he said all the governments had followed a firm and consistent policy for resolution of Kashmir issue however some governments brought minor changes on its modalities.
Qamar-uz-Zaman said that Pakistan Peoples Party always gave importance to the Kashmir dispute and would continue to highlight the issue at international level. He said for the first time during the tenure of Benazir Bhutto, it was decided to observe Kashmir Solidarity Day at Government level on 5th of February every year.
The Minister said that Pakistani nation would express full solidarity with the Kashmir people on Thursday to extend support to them in their struggle for their just right to self-determination. He said there will be public holiday on 5th of February and one minute silence will be observed to mark the Day. The Minister said a joint session of the AJK Council and Legislative Assembly will be held on that day.-SANA