Kashmir Issue Must Be Given Priority Over Other Issues: Qayyum
5 January 2004
The Pakistan Tribune
Rawalpindi: Muslim Conference supreme head and former president AJK Sardar Abdul Qayyum said that Kashmir issue must be resolved for reducing tension in South Asia . He made this observation in an interview with private channel on Monday. Qayyum said that both India and Pakistan must give priority to the solution of Kashmir problem . 'With out resolving the core issue of Kashmir the agreement in trade and cultural field can not lessen the tension between Pakistan and India', he added . Referring towards current Saarc summit, Qayyum said that people living in South Asia should not attach much expectation from summit, as the prospects of major breakthrough are not visible Talking about the dangers of delaying Kashmir problem he said war could erupt any time between Pakistan and India while prolonging the core issue of Kashmir . He went on to say that president Musharraf tried utmost to adopt a flexible attitude for resolving Kashmir dispute but now the ball is in India's court . 'India will have to adopt positive attitude on Kashmir issue' . He said LoC is a disputed territory and Kashmiris could not accept it as an International border Replying to a question he said up till now America remained unable to solve Kashmir problem and it only tried to reduce tension between Pak-India .