Zardari promises ‘good news’ on Kashmir before Indian elections

September 10th, 2008 - 12:08 am ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, Sep 9 (IANS) Pakistan’s new President Asif Ali Zardari Tuesday said he would have “some good news” on the Kashmir issue before India holds its next Lok Sabha elections.The 55-year-old Zardari, once known as “Mr 10 Percent”, was administered the oath of office by Chief Justice Abdul Hamid Dogar at a ceremony at the presidential palace here.

Addressing his maiden press conference soon after taking oath, and flanked by his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai, Zardari hinted at holding of a caucus on the Kashmir issue soon to seek a resolution of the lingering dispute over which the two countries have fought two full fledged wars and a Kargil military conflict in 1999.

Zardari said the Pakistan government had taken all political forces into confidence over the issue of Kashmir and the nation “will soon hear some good news”.

He said he had a discussion with leader of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz on the issue and hoped to take the process ahead at a faster pace.

Pointing at the back-channel dialogue with India to resolve the issue, he said: “We intend to take it (Kashmir issue) to the Parliament’s Committee on Kashmir and we want to make progress before the Congress government (in New Delhi) goes in for the (next Lok Sabha) elections… we hope to give good news to the nation soon.”

Zardari said he would work together with all neighbouring countries. “We shall stand with each other, we shall not stand in each other’s way.”

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