Qayyum for considering proposal to convert LoC into border
23 December 2002
The News International
RAWALPINDI: The Chairman, Kashmir Committee, Sardar Abdul Qayyum Khan has said proposals to convert the Line of Control (LoC) into a permanent border should not be rejected outrightly. Addressing a meet-the-press programme of the Rawalpindi Press Club on Monday he favoured consideration of all pros and cons of the proposal. The Kashmiri leader said Pakistan''s national Kashmir policy was based on a principled stand that provided the Kashmir issue worldwide recognition during the past few years. He said some quarters were proposing to declare the LoC as a permanent border that needs a careful consideration instead of outrightly rejecting it. ''We should study thoroughly all the aspects of the issue before taking any decision.'' The chairman, Kashmir Committee said any new proposal extended by the US or India will pose no threat to our just stance on the Kashmir issue. He said the Kashmir Committee had completed its home work and worked zealously to give solid foundations to the national policy on the issue. Sardar Qayyum said the tension between India and Pakistan was still continuing, which is a major challenge for the newly elected government. He proposed that the new government should constitute a council and consult the former foreign ministers and the Kashmiri leaders on both sides of LoC for an effective projection of the Kashmir cause. He said the Jamali-led government has to continue its work on the same lines and there was no need to formulate any new policy, adding there is total consensus on the Kashmir cause. Sardar Qayyum said President Musharraf has successfully highlighted the Kashmir cause at all major global platforms. He said there were efforts going on from different quarters regarding the resolution of the lingering issue. There is a need to make concerted efforts that may lead to conflict resolution, he said.He said the world community wanted peaceful settlement of the issue. He said there was no formal proposal from the Indian Kashmir committee for dialogue with Pakistani committee on Kashmir, and there only press reports in this connection.