Native movements to determine K-issue, says Sartaj Aziz

Sartaj Aziz
Sartaj Aziz

ISLAMABAD (TIP): Sartaj Aziz, Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif’s adviser on foreign affairs, said on Nov 26 that the Kashmir issue would only be resolved through indigenous movements led by the younger generation of Kashmiris.

He told legislators in the National Assembly here that Pakistan would continue extending political, diplomatic and moral support to the Kashmir cause at international, regional and bilateral forums.

” We have been taking our diplomatic campaign forward with zeal since Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s speech regarding the Kashmir issue at the United Nations General Assembly. The movement has not lost any of its zeal even after the aggression against it and Pakistan will continue to support it,” Aziz told legislators. He said any dialogue with India would be conditional on talks on Kashmir. “Pakistan is willing to hold talks with India on all issues on the condition that the Kashmir dispute be resolved in accordance with United Nations resolutions,” Aziz said.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan foreign office summoned Indian deputy high commissioner J P Singh on Friday and lodged a strong protest against “indiscriminate” and “unprovoked” shelling at the Line of Control. The foreign office said a letter of protest was handed over to the Indian official. Islamabad has protested at least eight times in the last six weeks claiming that Indian troops target civilians from across the LoC and working boundary.

k-issue-kashmirTension between Pakistan and India has been running high since the September attack on an Army camp in Uri that left 19 Indian soldiers dead. Following the Uri incident, the 2003 ceasefire agreement between the two countries has been frequently breached by troops on both sides.