Pak PM rakes up Kashmir plebiscite demand
Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Tuesday contended that the unresolved Kashmir issue is "dangerous for peace in the region and the world".
Ashraf made the remarks while addressing an official function organised tonight to mark Kashmir Solidarity Day, which has been observed by Pakistan on February 5 every year since 1990.
He called on the world community to play a role in resolving the dispute.
The premier was quoted by state-run Radio Pakistan as saying that "unfortunately India demonstrated intransigence for resolution" of the Kashmir issue and was "ruling Kashmir with brute force".
Ashraf reiterated Pakistan's stance that the Kashmir issue should be resolved in line with UN resolutions and said a "plebiscite is the right way to give the Kashmiris their right to self-determination".
The premier's remarks marked the first time any top Pakistani leader has raised the issue of plebiscite in recent years.
However, observers said his comments could have been made with an eye on the upcoming general election.
Ashraf further said the Kashmir dispute was a human rights issue.
Pakistan has always supported dialogue with India and wants good relations with the neighbouring country, he added.
The gathering was also addressed by Minister for Kashmir Affairs Manzoor Wattoo and Parliamentary Kashmir Committee chairman Maulana Fazlur Rehman.