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CBMs on Kashmir have helped: Khar

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - 00:33

Islamabad: The confidence-building measures on Kashmir agreed upon between India and Pakistan had "paid dividends and have helped build an atmosphere of mutual trust", Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said on Tuesday.

However, the Kashmir dispute "remained the core issue between India and Pakistan hampering prosperity and development in the region", she said.

Pakistan is committed to a "just and peaceful resolution" of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with UN resolutions and aspirations of the Kashmiri people, Khar said.

Khar made the remarks during a meeting with a delegation of the Kashmir European Forum that included British MP Steve Baker and councillor Mahboob Husain Bhatti, according to a statement issued by the Foreign Office.

She noted that the democratically elected government of Pakistan had made "substantive and consistent efforts for a meaningful engagement with India".

At the same time, Khar said Pakistan has continued drawing the international community`s attention to alleged "human rights violations" in Jammu and Kashmir.

Pakistan has also called for revoking "draconian laws" in Jammu and Kashmir, she added.
Khar appreciated the role played by Baker in initiating a debate on Kashmir in the House of Commons.

Baker said he and the Kashmir European Forum will continue supporting the cause of the Kashmiri people.


First Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - 00:33
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