February 2004 News

Peace in Kashmir a log way off: UK MP

11 February 2004
The Nation

Lahore: Despite recent moves to resolve all outstanding issues between Pakistan and India, a group of British parliamentarians are unconvinced that peace would soon return in the troubled region of Kashmir. Dari Taylor, who is leading a 10member British women parliamentarian delegation 'Labour Friends of India' visiting India, told an Indian news agency that peace in Kashmir was 'a long way off.' She compared the Kashmir situation with that of Cyprus. 'The idea (of securing Kashmir) has not left the minds of Pakistani authorities,' Taylor added. 'It is only now, after decades, that government to-government talks on equal rights to share Cyprus have come up. The fact that people displaced from Kashmir cannot return (to their original homes) speaks for itself,' She said. Taylor has met Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, senior government officers and Indian military authorities, Kashmiri pandits and has come to the conclusion that the Pak-India peace efforts may prove futile. She emphasised the need for return of Kashmiri pandits to the Valley for success of peace efforts in the region.


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