Pakistan`s future linked to resolution of K-issue:

A day ahead of the crucial India-Pakistan talks that will feature the Kashmir issue, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Wednesday said his country`s future was "closely linked with the resolution of the Kashmir dispute".

Last Updated: Jun 22, 2011, 23:05 PM IST

Islamabad: A day ahead of the crucial
India-Pakistan talks that will feature the Kashmir issue,
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Wednesday said his country`s
future was "closely linked with the resolution of the Kashmir
dispute".

Gilani made the remarks while addressing a public
gathering at Bagh in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, where he was
campaigning for his Pakistan People`s Party ahead of elections
to the local assembly.

The premier assured the Kashmiri people of his
government`s "complete political and diplomatic support" till
they attained "complete freedom".

He claimed that the people of Pakistan and PoK were
"two bodies and one soul in real terms" and have complete
understanding on religious, cultural, ethnic, historical and
geographical commonalities.

Describing the Kashmiris and the Pakistani people "as
an integral part of each other", Gilani said the resolution of
the "Kashmir dispute" was at the core of the creation of PPP.

Late former premier Zulfikar Ali Bhutto laid the
foundation of the PPP as he had differences with military
ruler Gen Ayub Khan on the issue of Kashmir.

Gilani recalled that Bhutto had vowed to wage a
thousand-year war to liberate Kashmir.

The people of Pakistan are fully aware of the problems
and difficulties of Kashmiris living across the Line of
Control (LoC) and Pakistan will "continue its political and
diplomatic support till their complete freedom".

Bureau Report