Solution of Kashmir issue lies in dialogue: PM

MUZAFFARABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has on Friday reiterated that solution to all outstanding issues with India including Kashmir dispute lied in dialogue.

“Prosperity and development in South Asia would remain a dream till peaceful resolution of issues,” he said while addressing joint sitting of the Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Legislative Assembly and AJK Council in Muzaffarabad.

The prime minister expressed the hope that comprehensive bilateral dialogue process between Pakistan and India would move forward in days to come.

He said Pakistan was ready to cooperate with India on every matter, including terrorism.

“Pakistan wants peace in entire South Asia, of which Kashmir is an important part,” he said.

The PM said it was the matter of UN’s authority and prestige to solve the issue of Kashmir according to its resolutions.

He said Pakistan has tried to give a new vision to the region aimed at bringing peace to the area. He said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor was a part of these efforts.

Turning to AJK’s development, the prime minister assured that the corridor would also benefit AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan. He announced Rs250 million for development projects in Azad Kashmir. He said many hydro-electricity projects were also being initiated in AJK.

Nawaz Sharif said we wanted to build a railway link from Islamabad to Muzaffarabad and a highway from Mirpur to Muzaffarabad. He said a project to construct expressway from Murree to Muzaffarabad was also under consideration.

Commenting on Pakistan International Airlines, Nawaz Sharif said the government was working for the improvement of the national flag carrier and would not succumb to unjustified protests.

Earlier, welcoming Nawaz Sharif, Speaker AJK Legislative Assembly Ghulam Sadiq said the visit of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to express solidarity with the Kashmiri people would give impetus to struggle against Indian occupation.

Speaking on the occasion, AJK Prime Minister Ch Abdul Majeed lauded the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for taking a clear stance on Kashmir in the United Nations.

In his speech, leader of the opposition Raja Farooq Haider said Pakistan is a source of strength and hope for Kashmiris in their just liberation struggle.

Radio Pakistan