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The world will have to decide on Kashmir: Pak

By Rezaul H Laskar
January 05, 2010 19:14 IST

Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday said the world's superpowers will have to soon make 'serious decisions' about the Kashmir issue, claiming that regional peace is closely linked to the resolution of the decades-old issue with India.

"The time will soon come when all the world's superpowers (and countries) in this region will have to sit and talk about Kashmir and make serious decisions. I believe the victory will be that of the Kashmiris," he said while addressing a joint session of the assembly and Council of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

Zardari also sought to link the resolution of the Kashmir issue to the world community's focus on Pakistan in the war on terror.

"If the world's attention is on Pakistan and its problems, the world will also have to talk to us about the Kashmir issue. Only then can peace be ushered into this region. Regional peace cannot be separated from peace in Kashmir. We have highlighted this to the world and will continue to do so," he said.

Pakistan is waging a 'war of ideas and concepts' for the Kashmir issue and it is obligatory for all Pakistanis to join this campaign, he said.

The movement will continue for generations "to attain the rights of Kashmiris," Zardari claimed.

Rezaul H Laskar In Islamabad
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