Kashmir: existing mechanisms to be effectively used, says Kasuri
8 September 2004
The News International
New Delhi: Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri on Wednesday expressed the hope that existing mechanisms, as assured by India, would be purposefully and effectively used to resolve the issue of Jammu and Kashmir. In an exclusive interview with APP before his departure for Lahore at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, Kasuri said both the countries would have ample opportunities of meetings between the top leadership in the near future, which would help pursue the process of bilateral engagements for the resolution of all issues including the Kashmir dispute. Describing his interaction with the Indian opposition and the Left party leaders during his five-day long stay in New Delhi as useful and meaningful, the minister said the whole purpose of this exercise, besides meeting government leaders, was to send a signal that Pakistan was sincere in having dialogue with India, as 'we wish to resolve all issues, including Jammu and Kashmir' through peaceful means and the ongoing dialogue process. In response to a question, Kasuri said it was a matter of common sense that Kashmir issue would have to be resolved to ensure durable and lasting peace in South Asia. During his stay, Kasuri also met opposition leader in Lok Sabha, LK Advani, a former external affairs minister and BJP leader, Yashwant Sinha, former national security adviser in the BJP government, Brajesh Mishra, former prime minister IK Gujral and the Left party leaders, including Harkishan Singh Surjeet, AB Bhardhan and Abni Roy. Kasuri and his delegation were seen off at the airport by Pakistan's High Commissioner to India Aziz Ahmad Khan, Joint Secretary Ministry of External Affairs Arun Singh, Deputy High Commissioner Munawar Saeed and other senior officials of the Ministry of External Affairs and Pakistan High Commission.