India,Pak friendly relations must for regional peace: PaK PM
NISAR AHMED THOKAR
Islamabad, May 11: Pakistani Administered Kashmir Prime Minister Chudhary Abdul Majeed has said that in view of the changing world scenario, India and Pakistan should demonstrate magnanimity thereby establishing friendly relations to overcome the daunting challenges faced by the people of the two South Asian nuclear neighbours.
“India and Pakistan must acknowledge the fact that the whole world has turned into a large global community and therefore, instead of sowing the seeds of destruction, both the countries should focus on to boost up their economies to provide employment, education and healthcare facilities to the downtrodden people of their respective countries”, Chudhary, who is on a week long tour to Britain said this during an interaction with high officials of the government of the UK, says a press release issued here today.
Chudhary maintained that India and Pakistan should project the real concept of welfare states to overcome the challenges of growing unemployment and other regional problems.
The PaK premier was of the view that the world community will have to shun its archaic traditions to ensure durable peace thereby granting rights to the people who have been deprived of their basic rights. “In order to arrest the growing trends of a bloody conflict and create a peaceful environment, the world community will have to change its attitude and play effective role in granting basic rights to the people”, he said. He stated that the nuclear states (India and Pakistan) have been consuming a huge chunk of their annual budget on defence.
Regarding the bilateral relations between India and Pakistan, Chudhary noted that Pakistan has always extended its hand of friendship towards India, but it was very unfortunate that Indian response has always been “deceptive, inflexible and traditional as usual”.
He termed K-resolution as imperative for peace and prosperity in South Asia. “The Kashmir issue is neither a religious nor a territorial dispute it is purely a political issue regarding the right to self-determination of more than 15 million people”, he said. Kashmiris he said have offered great sacrifices to achieve their globally recognised right and they believe that there was no alternate to freedom. He said that Kashmiris want friendly relations between the two countries but at the same time “We demand the international community to make a distinction between a secessionist and freedom movement”.
Stressing the need for an early resolution of Kashmir issue, he said that the unresolved issue was a potential threat to peace in the region.
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