RSD To JK People Is An Agreed Principle: Pak

RSD To JK People Is An Agreed Principle: Pak

4 September 2012
Rising Kashmir
Rezaul H Laskar

Islamabad: Ahead of Foreign Minister S M Krishna's visit here, Pakistan Tuesday said right to self determination (RSD) to Jammu and Kashmir people is an agreed principle and greater depth in India-Pakistan relations with help in K-resolution. 'As a democratic government, we have taken bold and unprecedented decisions. Granting the Most Favoured Nation status by Pakistan to India has injected a new momentum into the Pakistan-India normalisation process,' Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said. She said this process should create a better relationship. “And we believe that a better and deeper relationship will eventually lead us to ways and means to resolve all bilateral disputes, including the most important of all, the status of Jammu and Kashmir”. Describing India as a vital neighbour for Pakistan, Hina said during a speech at the German Council on Foreign Relations in Berlin that history would bear witness to the 'level of effort exerted' by the current government in Islamabad to normalise relations between the two countries. She said there is only one eventual resolution to the Kashmir problem, which has been clearly articulated by the UN Security Council. “The right to self-determination for people of J&K is an agreed principle of international politics for over fifty years'. 'We believe that a greater depth to the Pakistan-India relationship will help lead us to the resolution of the Kashmir issue),' she said. Her remarks came four days ahead of her meeting in Islamabad with Krishna to review the last round of the talks process between the two countries. Krishna will hold talks with Hina on September 8, and their talks will be preceded by a meeting of the Foreign Secretaries of the two countries on September 7. The two ministers will also co-chair a meeting of the India-Pakistan Joint Commission. The commission was revived in 2005 after a gap of 16 years and it held meetings in 2006 and 2007. India and Pakistan resumed their peace process last year, after a gap of over two years in the aftermath of the 2008 Mumbai attacks. The two countries have made considerable progress in past year in normalising trade and commerce relations. India recent allowed investments by Pakistani investors and Islamabad has decided in principle to give MFN-status to the neighbouring country by the beginning of next year. During her speech, Hina said lasting peace would open new vistas of cooperation in South Asia. “Pakistan straddles South Asia, West Asia and Central Asia and is destined to become a bridge between these regions', she said. She said people of Pakistan want peace within and outside the country and the central plank of Islamabad's foreign policy has been a 'region-first approach that prioritises our relationship with our immediate neighbours'. However, she contended that ECO and SAARC were two regional organisations that had 'not been able to deliver as expected because of ongoing conflicts'. “The region is the least economically integrated areas of the world and it should take a cue from the European Union to settle our disputes and put our region on the road to peace and prosperity', added Hina.