Pak willing to build on progress made on Kashmir

Pakistan has indicated that it may carry forward the progress made on Kashmir and other issues through composite dialogue or back-channel diplomacy with India.

Updated: Jun 30, 2010, 20:52 PM IST

Islamabad: Pakistan has indicated that
it may carry forward the progress made on Kashmir and other
issues through composite dialogue or back-channel diplomacy
with India.
At the same time, it trashed former President Pervez
Musharraf`s four-point formula for resolving the Kashmir
issue, saying it was "his thinking" which did not have the
endorsement of Parliament or Cabinet.

"We will not like to ignore anything. We will not like
to ignore any development or any positive development that has
taken place between India and Pakistan," Foreign Minister Shah
Mahmood Qureshi told agency in an interview here.

He was responding when asked to comment on India`s
emphasis that there was a need to "reaffirm" the progress made
through "complex negotiations and dialogue through patient and
unsung effort" whether in the composite dialogue or back
channel diplomacy.

"Any issue, whether it is Kashmir, Siachen, Sir Creek,
Water, any issue where progress can be made, should be made.
Where it hasn`t been made, we should look at ways and means
how to make progress. Where progress has been made, let us
build on it further," Qureshi said in a wide-ranging
interaction.
He will be having talks with External Affairs Minister
S M Krishna here on July 15 to discuss ways to reduce trust
deficit and improve ties.

Asked whether his government endorses the four-point
formula floated by Musharraf in December 2006 to resolve
Kashmir issue, the Foreign Minister said, "The four-point
formula that Gen Musharraf made then was his thinking. It was
being done through quiet back-channel diplomacy."

The formula envisaged softening of Line of Control
(LoC), self-governance, phased withdrawal of troops from
entire Jammu and Kashmir and joint supervision by India and
Pakistan.

"We are a democracy, Parliament has to own them,
Parliament has to endorse them, Cabinet has to discuss them,"
the Foreign Minister said, adding these proposals were
"neither discussed by Cabinet, nor endorsed by Parliament. So,
as democrats, there are certain Parliamentary procedures that
we have to fulfill."

PTI