Pak seeks `full resumption` of dialogue with India

Last Updated: Friday, September 17, 2010 - 20:17

Islamabad: Pakistan on Friday sought an "early
and full resumption" of the dialogue process with India,
saying it wants constructive, sustained and result-oriented
talks on all issues, including the Kashmir problem.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Pakistan is
committed to finding a "just and peaceful resolution of the
issue of Jammu and Kashmir in accordance with the relevant UN
resolutions and wishes and aspirations of the Kashmiri
people," according to a statement issued by the Foreign

He said "Pakistan has sought early and full resumption of
the dialogue process with India" and "wants a constructive,
sustained and result-oriented dialogue with India on all
issues, including the Jammu and Kashmir dispute."

At the same time, Qureshi said Pakistan will "continue to
stand by the Kashmiris in their just cause."

"Gross and systematic abuse of human rights ... in
Kashmir must end. Pakistan calls upon the Government of India
to exercise restraint," Qureshi said.

He said Pakistan has taken "serious note of the
deteriorating situation" in Jammu and Kashmir.

"The indigenous movement in (Jammu and Kashmir) has
gained a new momentum and urgency. The Kashmiris are unanimous
in their demand for self-determination," he said.

Qureshi said Pakistan condemns the alleged "blatant" use
of force by Indian security forces against the protesters.

Today`s statement by Qureshi was the strongest reaction
from the Foreign Office to the recent developments in Jammu
and Kashmir.

It comes at a time when leaders of opposition parties
like the PML-N and politicians from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir
have stepped up pressure on the government to take up the
situation in Jammu and Kashmir with the international


First Published: Friday, September 17, 2010 - 20:17

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