Let UN Resolution Decide Kashmir Issue: Pakistani President

2 June 2014
Times of India


New Delhi: Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain on Monday said his country wants to resolve the Kashmir issue in accordance with the aspirations of the people of Kashmir and UN resolutions. 'Kashmir issue should be resolved according to the UN resolutions and aspiration of the people of Kashmir,' he said in his first address to Parliament. Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif was criticized in local media for not having any substantive discussion on J&K during his visit to India last week for PM Narendra Modi's swearing in. Pakistan, however, has signalled that it wants to move ahead with the dialogue process in the form of talks between the two foreign secretaries. In fact, Pakistani high commissioner to India Abdul Basit is in Islamabad to discuss the way forward in ties. Pakistani media has reported that he may soon propose a set of dates for talks between the foreign secretaries. Hussain said Sharif's visit to India was indicative of a desire to build peaceful relations with the neighbouring country. The president made his first speech to the joint sitting of the two houses of Parliament at the start of the second parliamentary year. Under the constitution, every new parliamentary year should start with the address of the head of state. Hussain also vowed to end terrorism and build the economy of the county. The president, who belongs to the ruling Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz), also highlighted various economic achievements of the government during the last year.