Pak Says Opportunity To Resolve Kashmir Issue Must Be Seized
5 March 2008
Rezaul H Laskar
Islamabad: Pakistan today asked India to seize the opportunity to resolve the Kashmir issue so that the matter could be settled to the satisfaction of all parties concerned. 'We believe there is an opportunity and it must be seized to reach a just settlement of the issue that would be acceptable to Pakistan, India and the Kashmiri people,' Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Sadiq told a news briefing. Replying to a question on Pakistan People's Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari's recent comments that the India-Pakistan ties should not be held hostage by the Kashmir issue, Sadiq said political parties shared the view that the country had made serious efforts to address this 'core issue'. Referring to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's remarks that India wants to live in peace with Pakistan as the destinies of the two countries were inter-linked, Sadiq said the Indian leadership had reaffirmed its commitment to continuing the composite dialogue process with Pakistan's new government. The spokesman noted that 450 Pakistanis are currently being held in Indian prisons while about 500 Indians are in Pakistani jails. He said a new committee set up by the two countries to address the issue of prisoners would work for their release.