Islamabad: As India sought to bridge the
"trust-deficit" with Pakistan, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Monday said his country will continue to support the "just cause" of the people of Kashmir.
During a meeting with Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir
"president" Raja Zulqarnain Khan and "prime minister" Raja
Muhammad Farooq Haider, Gilani said, Pakistan will "continue
to support the just cause of the people of Kashmir."
"The whole nation is united on the Kashmir issue and
stands with their Kashmiri brothers and sisters for the
realisation of their fundamental and inalienable rights."
He also sought an end to the "long legacy of
hostility and distrust" between India and Pakistan so that the
two countries could work towards the peaceful resolution of
the Kashmir issue.
"There is an imperative need to end the long legacy
of hostility and distrust and to work towards a peaceful
resolution of the Kashmir issue in accordance with the
wishes of the people of Jammu and Kashmir," Gilani was quoted
as saying in a statement issued by his media office.
Pakistan remains committed to the peaceful
settlement of the Kashmir issue through negotiations and
dialogue despite the country`s own regional challenges.
Earlier, addressing a press conference in New Delhi,
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said, "Trust deficit is the
biggest problem and unless we tackle the trust deficit we
cannot move to substantive negotiations."
"It is my conviction that the major problem
between our two countries, why we could not make any headway
in the composite dialogue, is that there has been a lack of
adequate trust," Singh said.