'No Secret Deal On Kashmir'
6 May 2007
Lahore: Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmood Kasuri Sunday assured the nation that no secret deal would be made on Kashmir issue. While addressing a seminar on country's foreign policy held under the aegis of All Pakistan Private Schools Association at Hamdard Centre, Kasuri said that Kashmir issue would be resolved after taking the people, the parliament and the Kashmiris into confidence. He said Pakistan would not endorse any solution of the issue which was not acceptable to the people of Pakistan and Kashmir. He said any decision on Kashmir would be taken keeping in view the best interest of Pakistan. He asked the people to have confidence in their govt. He was of the firm belief that Kashmir issue could only be resolved through dialogue and mutual understanding between Pakistan and India. 'There is greater realisation now in the Indian leadership that friendship with Pakistan is also in the interest of India,' he added. Citing the 26 years of cross-firing in Siachin and over three decades long skirmishes at Line of Control, Kasuri said the two countries had not been able to achieve any results through these limited battles. Talking about the alleged US interference in country's affairs, especially with regard to the ongoing mistrust between the two countries over situation on Pak-Afghan border, Kasuri expressed his serious concern over the US policy on war on terror, saying this US attitude was highly deplorable. Later, All Pak Private Schools Association President Adeeb Javedani thanked the minister and presented him a shield.