Islamabad: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani
Sunday said that Kashmir was Pakistan`s "jugular vein", even as
he vowed to resolve all issues with India through dialogue so
that both countries can get rid of the blights of poverty,
illiteracy and backwardness.
In an address to the nation on Pakistan`s Independence
Day here, he said, "Nobody can deny the reality that Kashmir
is the jugular vein of Pakistan and the international
community has accepted the right of self-determination of
"Pakistan will continue to provide unhindered moral,
diplomatic and political support to Kashmiris so that they can
get their rights," Gilani said at a ceremony held at the
Convention Centre here.
At the same time, he said, Pakistan "wants to resolve
issues with its neighbour India through the process of
dialogue so that both countries can get rid of the blights of
poverty, illiteracy and backwardness".
Touching on foreign policy issues, Gilani said Pakistan
was committed to peaceful co-existence and mutual harmony and
"We want to promote relations with all countries on the
basis of goodwill and equality," he said.
In an apparent reference to US Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton`s call for India to take the lead in Asia, Gilani
said: "We are ever ready for cooperation with our friends but
we will not accept hegemony of anybody."