Pakistan FO Reiterates Pak Never Forgets Kashmir Cause

Pakistan FO Reiterates Pak Never Forgets Kashmir Cause

1 February 2012
Daily Times


Islamabad: The Foreign Office on Tuesday said that Pakistan has never put aside the Kashmir issue and raises it at every forum it holds with India. An official of the Foreign Office made this statement at the National Assembly Standing Committee on Kashmir, in response to a question by PML-N MNA Naseer Bhutta, who had claimed that the Kashmir Committee was not taken into confidence and felt sidelined when Pakistan granted India the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status. He said Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani did not raise the issue at the World Economic Forum at Davos and that giving India the MFN status, despite having serious issues with the country such as Sir Creek and water disputes, was not a wise decision. He added that there is a need to highlight the Kashmir dispute at every international forum. He also suggested that the government include the Kashmir issue in textbooks so that our youngsters can know more about it. The meeting was chaired by PPP MNA Muhammad Afzal Sandhu in absence of Chairman Maulana Fazl-ur-Rahman. Sandhu told the committee that the government has arranged a number of activities planned for Kashmir Solidarity Day celebrations. He said Maulana Fazal-ur-Rahman has already wrote letters to chief ministers of all provinces so that even more people take part in the celebrations. Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Dr Firdaus Ashiq Awan termed the day very important for the government and said it has always been celebrated in the country and abroad to show solidarity with all Kashmiri people. She added that PTV has arranged comprehensive programmes to cover all events on Kashmir Day and that private TV channels will also cover such events. Ministry of Kashmir Affairs Secretary told the committee that one-minute silence will be observed across the country on February 5 and a human chain will be formed at Kohala. He requested members of the committee to join this chain. Special programmes have been arranged in the capital for the day as well.