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Pakistan PM rejects Kalam's remarks on Indo-Pak confederation

February 04, 2006 19:57 IST

Pakistan Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz has dismissed the possibility of confederation between India and Paksitan, as remarked by President A P J Abdul Kalam, describing "it may be their (Indian rulers') way of thinking".

During the informal talks with mediapersons at the swearing-in ceremony of four new members of Legislative Council of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir Friday, Aziz made his comments on Kalam's recent remarks about possible confederation between India and Pakistan in 50 years.

On Saudi Arabia's possible role in resolving the Kashmir issue, he said Riyadh could play an important role for peace in South Asia.

"Pakistan will always welcome any initiative for peace in the nuclearised South Asian region," Aziz said.

The prime minister observed that Saudi Arabia was a strategic partner of Pakistan and could also play a pivotal role in the resolution of the Kashmir issue.

He said the Kashmir issue and the efforts of Pakistan for its resolution were discussed during the meetings with King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.

Aziz maintained that any solution against the aspirations of the Kashmiri people would not be acceptable.

"Pakistan will never compromise on principles and press for settlement of the Kashmir issue in accordance with the aspirations of the Kashmiri people," he said.

"Peace in the region would remain a dream till the settlement of Kashmir issue," he said.

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