UK MPs call for immediate settlement of Kashmir dispute
27 September 2006
The Pakistan Tribune
Manchester: The UK Parliamentarians have termed Kashmir dispute as the biggest problem of the world underlining that their Government will play a significant role for a durable solution of the lingering dispute. These views were expressed by Minister of Local Bodies UK Phil Woolas, Immigration Minister Lam Burne, Members of British Parliament Tony Lewet, Graham Stinger, Lord Hunt and Mirza Khalid Mehmood besides Members of House of Commons in a grand reception hosted in their honour by Barrister Sultan Mehmood Chaudhry, Former Prime Minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Convener J&K Peoples Muslim League here on Wednesday.Former PM Barrister Sultan Mehmood Chaudhry was of the view that the recent proposal of 'out of the box' solution of Kashmir dispute given by President Musharraf was neither against the self-determination of Kashmiris nor in clash with UN resolutions on the dispute.Addressing on the ocassion here, former PM of AJK said that the permanent solution of long standing issue between the two nuclear neighbours is imperative for the people of Kashmir and can only be achieved when all the stake holders sit together and hammer out their petty differences.He termed the recent meeting of Musharraf-Manmohan as a positive move for the relations of both the countries hoping that the fruitful talks between the two leaders would bring the diverging forces closer to each other and the derailed talks on Kashmir dispute back on track.Meanwhile Minister of Local Bodies UK Phil Woolas said that Kashmir dispute is the biggest problem of Kashmir, underlining no doubt Palestine dispute and other world issues must be solved soon.He however stressed the need of fixing time-frame for the negotiations as this step would impose some sort of obligation on all the three stake holders to reach at mutually acceptable solution within certain period of time.Immigration Minister Lam Burne was of the view that Labour Party is striving hard to solve the Kashmir dispute.He said that visa policy will be relaxed for Kashmiris and will inform Barrister Sultan regarding any hurdles in visa.Members of British Parliament Tony Lewet, Graham Stinger, Lord Hunt and Mirza Khalid Mehmood also spoke on the ocassion in which they underscored the need to solve the Kashmir issue amicably.They further added that the consolidation of confidence building measures and softening up of line of Control will pave the way for negotiated settlement of Kashmir dispute stressing on the directives of Barrister Sultan, we will raise our voice at each and every forum for the people of Kashmir.