Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf reiterated Pakistan’s desire to resolve tensions with India through dialogue during his day-long visit to Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) on Wednesday.
Addressing a public meeting at Athmuqam, Neelam Valley’s district headquarters, PM Ashraf said that Pakistan seeks durable and everlasting peace in South Asia. He stressed the early settlement of Kashmir issue in line with UN resolutions of United Nations and the aspirations of the Kahmiri people.
The premier assured the people of Jammu & Kashmir that Islamabad will continue its moral, political and diplomatic support to their struggle for the right of self determination. “This support will continue till the settlement of Kashmir issue according to their wishes”, he declared. PM Ashraf also stressed Pakistan’s desire to develop good neighbourly relations with Afghanistan. It is our earnest desire that Afghan issue be addressed in accordance with the aspirations of the Afghans, he said, adding that Pakistan was ready to help them in this regard.
Prime Minister Ashraf said the country is swiftly moving towards the general elections, adding no one should have any doubt or fear regarding fairness and transparency. He maintained that an impartial Chief Election Commissioner had been selected with the Opposition’s consensus to address this issue.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 19th, 2012.