CBMs aimed at resolving Kashmir dispute: Kasuri
16 May 2007
The News International
Islamabad: Foreign Minister Khurshid Kasuri on Wednesday said Pakistan has been engaged in the confidence-building measures with India to resolve the outstanding dispute of Jammu and Kashmir aimed at alleviating sufferings of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. He was addressing the OIC Contact Group meeting on Jammu and Kashmir on the second day of the 34th session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers here at the Convention Centre. The meeting was also attended by OIC Secretary-General Prof Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, OIC Special Representative on Jammu and Kashmir Ezzat Kamel Mufti, Foreign Minister of Niger, State Minister of Turkey, Deputy Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia and representatives of the Kashmiri people from both Azad Jammu and Kashmir and held Kashmir. Kasuri in his address highlighted efforts of Pakistan for a meaningful, constructive and result-oriented dialogue with India for resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute. The foreign minister briefed the meeting about the Pakistan-India composite dialogue process and various confidence- building measures put in place to raise the comfort level of the Kashmiris. Kasuri said Pakistan had always laid emphasis on the necessity of meaningful, constructive and result-oriented dialogue process with India. 'We have already put in place a number of Jammu and Kashmir-related CBMs ranging from continuation of ceasefire across LoC, initiation of bus and truck services, opening of crossing points along the LoC, and greater interaction among Kashmiri leadership on both sides as well as common Kashmiris,' Kasuri said. He said Islamic countries had provided invaluable support to Kashmiri cause and hoped that they, along with international community, would continue to back efforts in finding a just, peaceful and the durable solution to the Kashmir issue. The Nigerian foreign minister paid tribute to President Musharraf on his positive approach on Kashmir. The Turkish state minister stated that Jammu and Kashmir was a humanitarian issue and emphasised that the legitimate wishes and aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir should be met. The deputy foreign minister of Saudi Arabia stated that the importance of the resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, which was reaffirmed by the Makkah OIC summit where the Muslim leaders had resolved to settle the issue in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions. He expressed the hope that the composite dialogue process would lead to final settlement of the issue. The APHC representatives from held Kashmir called upon OIC- member states to use their good offices for bringing to an end the human rights violations perpetrated by the Indian security forces.