Nawaz Sharif invites India for peaceful Kashmir resolution

Islamabad: Addressing a joint session of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly and Kashmir Council Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif has invited India to come forward for peaceful resolution of Kashmir dispute through dialogue.

he stressed that the region will remain in the grip of uncertainty and confrontation if Kashmir dispute is not resolved in accordance with the aspirations of Kashmiri people. The lingering Kashmir dispute will also have adverse effects on the socio-economic development of the region.

The prime minister expressed the confidence that the Indian leadership will realise the sensitivity of the issue and will respond to his invitation of dialogue in a positive manner and give right to self-determination to the people of Kashmir. He said good friendly relations could develop between both the neighbouring countries if India accepts the right to self-determination of Kashmiri people. He reiterated that Pakistan wants to resolve all outstanding issues with India, including the core issue of Kashmir, through meaningful and result-oriented dialogue.

Sharif said Kashmir dispute remains on the list of unfinished agenda of the United Nations and this issue is central to peace in the South Asia. He said like other parts of the world, the Kashmiris also have the right to decide their future with their own free will.

He said Pakistan has taken several concrete steps to reduce the hardships faced by the people living on both sides of the Line of Control. The steps include the opening of the Line of Control to facilitate trade and movement of the people. These steps clearly reflect that Pakistan wants peace.

The prime minister said that his government wants development in Pakistan-administered Kashmir like other parts of Pakistan.

The premier said that Kashmir’s development is as dear to him as that of Pakistan.

“The AJK government should plan development projects and Pakistan’s federal government will provide full assistance,” he assured.

The premier announced that the Islamabad Express way would be extended to Muzaffarabad. He also announced his plan to launch a train service from Islamabad to Murree and Muzaffarabad.

Earlier, in his message on Kashmir solidarity day, the prime minister said, “This is an occasion to reiterate our firm support to the people of Jammu and Kashmir in their legitimate struggle for their inalienable right to self-determination.”.

Raising the issue of human rights violations in Kashmir, Sharif said: “The peaceful people of Jammu and Kashmir continue to suffer.