Islamabad: Pakistan will extend its "full
political, moral and diplomatic support" to Kashmiri people,
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said on Wednesday and underlined
the need to resolve the Kashmir issue through negotiations.
Gilani made the remarks while addressing a session of the
Council of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir that was held in
Islamabad to approve the body`s budget for 2011-12.
The government and people of Pakistan will "always stand
by their Kashmiri brethren in their quest for
self-determination" and continue to extend their "full
political, moral and diplomatic support" to them, he said.
"The Kashmir cause was close to the hearts of every
Pakistani and their commitment to their cause of
self-determination was unwavering," he said.
Pakistan wants the "peaceful and negotiated resolution"
of the issue in accordance with UN Security Council
resolutions and the aspirations of the people of Jammu and
Kashmir, he added.
Islamabad has been making consistent efforts to project
the Kashmiri cause at international forums like the United
Nations and the OIC, he said.
"Pakistan always consulted the Kashmiri leadership in
this regard and Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, during her
visit to India, also took the Kashmiri leadership into
confidence," Gilani said.
The meeting chaired by Gilani approved the Council`s
2011-12 budget of Rs 8352.234 million and the revised
estimates of Rs 8632.065 million for 2010-11, an official
A shortfall of Rs 2160.534 million would be met through
savings, increase in income tax and a grant of Rs 1600 million
from the Pakistan government.
The meeting was also attended by Foreign Minister Khar,
Minister for Religious Affairs Syed Khurshid Shah and
parliamentarian Sherry Rehman.