February 2016 News

K-solution Only Through Dialogue: Sharif

5 February 2016

Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today reaffirmed that the solution of all issues, including Kashmir, lies in dialogue process. Addressing a joint session of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir Assembly on Kashmir Day, Mr Sharif referred to Pakistan's differences with India over Kashmir. Mr Sharif said, 'Difference of opinion between two countries is not unheard of.' 'What is unusual is that for 6-7 decades, we have not been able to get rid of these differences,' Mr Sharif was quoted as saying by Dawn. The Prime Minister expressed the hope that comprehensive bilateral dialogue process between Pakistan and India would move forward in days to come. 'I brought this up with the Indian leadership and would like to reiterate that the solution to our problems lies in dialogue. Unless we sit together and talk about these issues, they will not be resolved,' Mr Sharif told the joint session. The PM said Pakistan has assured Indian leadership of cooperation on every issue, including terrorism. 'Pakistan is most affected by terrorism. Who wants eradication of terrorism more than Pakistan?', he asked. Mr Sharif emphasised the importance of development in Kashmir and announced Rs 250 million for development projects in PoK. The benefits of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor will reach Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit Baltistan, which are a big part of the CPEC. Development of roads and power projects has been planned to help end the power shortage and bring progress to these areas, he said. The President of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir 'gave me a list of delayed power projects. I will ask why there has been a delay and has progress been made on these projects,' Mr Sharif assured lawmakers. 'If there is a power shortage somewhere, it is a not a problem that we have created, but rather one that we have inherited,' he added. Speaking on the occasion,'Prime Minister' of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir Chaudhry Abdul Majeed lauded Mr Sharif for taking a clear stance on Kashmir in the United Nations.