Ex-PaK Premier Proposes Meet Of JK, PaK, GB Assemblies

Ex-PaK Premier Proposes Meet Of JK, PaK, GB Assemblies

15 July 2013
Rising Kashmir


Muzaffarabad: Demanding setting up of joint development fund by India, Pakistan and United Nations, ex-premier of Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) and president Muslim Conference (MC) Sardar Attique Ahmed Khan has proposed that three assemblies of the State – J&K, Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) and Gilgit Baltistan (GB) must meet to share hearts and minds on the vexed Kashmir issue. “The three assemblies of the State – J&K, Muzaffarabad and Gilgit Baltistan must meet to share hearts and minds as ultimately the people of Kashmir would have to be associated with any solution of Kashmir. UN has already provided an implementable roadmap on Kashmir,” Sardar Attique said in his address to the House of Common, United Kingdom at the invitation of All Parties House of Commons Kashmir Committee chairman Andrew Griffiths. He said Kashmiri viewpoint is that the issue needs to be settled through negotiations with the proper association of Kashmiris. While briefing members of House of Commons on Kashmir and situation in the region, the former PaK premier said Kashmiris hold aloft the candle of peace to the world. “The world must step forward to seek out a peaceful negotiated solution of the Kashmir dispute”. “In the recent past some interim steps taken by mutual consent by Pakistan and India were welcomed by Kashmiris, but a lot more is yet to be done. Kashmiris want a restriction free travel across the Line of Control. I, as PaK premier had proposed that the Line of Control can be turned into a Line of Commerce free travel, trade and tourism,” he said. Attique said joint Kashmir development fund shared by Pakistan, India and UN should be established for welfare of the Kashmiris, assemblies of the State need to sit together to exchange views. “A joint academic scholarship for students on both sides should be opened, there should be joint sports, commerce, investment events along with the political dialogue over Kashmir. We feel that the leaderships of armed forces of both the countries should also meet to discuss security dimensions of the Kashmir dispute,” he said. Attique urged European Union, British Commonwealth of nations and OIC must play their role for Kashmir solution. “Based on the road map provided by UN resolutions, a revised peace plan for the Kashmir dispute is need of the hour,” he added.