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Pakistan committed to 'just' Kashmir solution
May 17, 2008 22:15 IST
Pakistan's new government on Saturday told leaders from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir that it is committed to a "just solution" to the Kashmir issue which is acceptable to all parties, "in particular the people of Kashmir."
Briefing leaders from PoK on its Kashmir policy ahead of crucial meetings with India to review the composite dialogue process, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi noted that the issue had remained "unresolved despite several attempts at bilateral and multilateral levels" over the last six decades.
Pakistan "was ready to engage with India in a constructive dialogue to find a solution that is acceptable to all parties, in particular the people of Kashmir," he was quoted as saying in a statement issued by the foreign office.
Qureshi, who is set to meet his Indian counterpart Pranab Mukherjee in Islamabad next week, assured leaders from PoK that the new government would seek "a just and peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the aspirations of the Kashmiri people."
Outlining the "the key parameters of Pakistan's Kashmir policy," Qureshi said the issue was also the subject of several UN resolutions.
He welcomed the Kashmir-related confidence building measures, which "have enabled the divided families to meet and brought relief to Kashmiri people," the statement said.
Qureshi, Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir and other top officials also took the Kashmiri leaders "into confidence" on the forthcoming talks with India during the meeting held at the foreign ministry, media reports said.