Pak Says India Should 'tackle Real Issue' In Kashmir

18 December 2009

Islamabad: Pakistan today responded to India's proposal to cut troop levels in Jammu and Kashmir by saying that New Delhi should tackle the 'real issue' of improving the situation on the ground. Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit made the remarks while talking to state-run PTV. 'India has made announcements about the withdrawal of troops from (Jammu and) Kashmir in past as well but the real issue was to improve the situation on the ground,' he said. The 'basic' issue, he claimed, was that India should improve the human rights conditions in Jammu and Kashmir and repeal 'black laws' in force in the region. India should also realise that the longstanding Kashmir dispute has to be settled 'in line with UN resolutions and the wishes of Kashmiri people' for durable peace in the region, he added. Basit refused to comment on Mumbai attacker Ajmal Amir Kasab's decision to recant his confession.