March 2008 News

PPP vows to resolve Kashmir issue

4 March 2008
The Daily Times

Islamabad: Party spokesman says Zardari was quoted out of context ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) on Tuesday reiterated its commitment to resolve the Kashmir dispute, and the normalisation of relations with India on the basis of respect and honour. Clarifying PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari’s remarks in which he reportedly expressed readiness to set aside the Kashmir issue to focus on other aspects for improving relations with India, PPP spokesman Farhatullah Babar said Zardari was quoted out of context in a section of the media. He said Zardari had told an Indian television channel that the PPP believed in conflict management, simultaneously creating a trading bloc of nations to improve the living conditions of South Asians, and at the same time enhance confidence as key to resolution of outstanding issues. “The PPP believes that peace requires patience and that confidence-building measures are required to create a climate for durable peaceful relations,” he said. He said the PPP favoured normalisation of relations with India as well as the enhancement of South Asian Association for Regional Corporation (SAARC) as a trading bloc. Earlier, the PPP introduced the South Asian Preferential Tariff Agreement besides the concept of visa-free travel for parliamentarians and judges in the SAARC countries,” he added. Babar said; “It is the PPP’s vision that we should not unilaterally give up United Nations resolutions, and let any single issue hold hostage relations in the subcontinent.” staff report

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