Kashmir solution impossible in near future: Sardar Yaqub
2 September 2004
News Network International
Islamabad: The Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Sardar Mohammad Yaqub has ruled out the possibility of resolving the Kashmir issue in the near future. Talking to IRNA here, Sardar Yaqub said that he did not foresee any breakthrough in the peace process in the next few months or even a year. Referring to the ongoing peace process talks between Pakistan and India, he said that the fundamental differences between the two sides still existed, adding that in the search for a solution to the Kashmir issue Kashmiris must not be overlooked. In reply to a question on India's fencing of the Line of Control (LoC), a line dividing both parts of Kashmir, he said 'Kashmir is a disputed territory and fencing of the LoC could not change its status as such.' 'India's fencing of the LoC can't turn it into a permanent border.' He added that the deployment of the UN Observers mission along the LoC was proof of its disputed nature. Islamabad and New Delhi resumed peace talks in February and have since taken up a number of issues except the Kashmir dispute. The foreign ministers of the two countries will be meeting on September 5-6 in New Delhi, their agenda focusing on Kashmir. Reports have said that no progress or breakthrough has been achieved in talks held so far.