Gilani ups the ante on Kashmir again

June 2nd, 2009 - 5:42 pm ICT by ANI  

Yousuf Raza Gilani Islamabad, June 2 (ANI): Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Tuesday raked up the Kashmir issue again by saying that only its resolution would bring a durable peace in South Asia.

“Kashmir holds the key to durable peace in the region. Pakistan remains committed to finding a just resolution to the dispute in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions and aspirations of the Kashmiri people,” Gilani said in a televised press conference.

Inviting New Delhi to the negotiation table, Gilani said that the Kashmir issue should be resolved through sincere dialogue by both sides.

“It must be resolved through sincere dialogue for socio-economic development of the South Asian region”, he said.

Gilani blamed India for halting the composite Indo-Pak dialogue, which was attained after the implementation of several confidence building measures such as the Srinagar- Muzaffarabad bus service.

“Following the Mumbai incident, India has put a pause on the composite dialogue. Pakistan has stressed the need for engagement and resumption of the composite dialogue.

“We have pressed upon India that focus of the efforts of the two countries should remain on countering terrorism which is the real issue and not mutual recrimination,” Gilani added.

Gilani openly accused New Delhi of crushing the voices of the Kashmiri people.

Gilani’s statements, which come in the wake of Lahore High Court ordering the release of Hafiz Saeed-the mastermind behind the Mumbai terror attacks, may be indicative towards Pakistan Government’s a diversionary tactics. (ANI)

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