MUZAFFARABAD - Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday expressed his dismay at the contradictory stance taken by the Indian government in addressing the core issue of Kashmir.
The Prime Minister said whatever he suggested for the resolution of the issue, had sincerity and weight. "You have already seen our commitment to the issue in past and it is our deep desire that the issue should be taken forward towards its resolution in accordance with the desires of the Kashmiri people."
On the other hand, the Indian government's repeated declaration of terming held-Kashmir its integral part despite UN resolutions on the subject, shows its lack of sincerity to resolve the matter, he added.
Nawaz stressed upon the need to settle the Kashmir issue as per wishes of the people of Jammu and Kashmir and in line with the UN resolutions.
He expressed these remarks while talking to a delegation of All Parties Hurriyat Conference and addressing the budget session of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Council during his day-long visit to Muzaffarabad on Tuesday.
He said the long-standing issue should be resolved honouring the aspirations of people of Jammu and Kashmir and UN resolutions. Nawaz said he had raised the Kashmir issue at all fora and also during the recent meeting with President Obama during visit to the US.
He lauded the sacrifices of Kashmiris for attaining the inalienable right of self-determination. Nawaz stated that he had also raised the issue during his speech at the UN General Assembly and his stance was hailed throughout the world and by people of Jammu and Kashmir.
He said Muzaffarabad would be linked with Northern Areas through highways.
The prime minister was accompanied by Kashmir Affairs Minister Chaudhry Barjis Tahir. The premier reiterated his government's resolve to extend due financial assistance and support to Azad Jammu and Kashmir for speedy development.
Nawaz emphasised upon the need to ensure transparency and accountability in execution of development projects in Azad Kashmir.
The prime minister directed the AJK Prime Minister to identify hydro power generation projects‚ enhance tax net and encourage good government. He said Muzaffarabad would be linked through modern railway system with Rawalpindi and Islamabad.
He said Muzaffarabad would also be connected with Mirpur‚ Northern Areas and all the major cities with modern road network to open economic corridor and boost the tourism activities in the area. The prime minister suggested that expansion of tourism potential would increase government revenue.
The prime minister said peace could not be established in the region without settlement of Kashmir issue.
He expressed his determination to resolve the Kashmir issue as it was his national obligation.
He said the solution of Kashmir problem was guarantee to peace and prosperity in the region.
A delegation of AJK Pakistan Muslim League (N) led by the party's president and former prime minister Raja Farooq Haider also called on the prime minister and discussed matters relating to party affairs. Farooq Haider reportedly apprised the prime minister of various issues related to the alleged corruption, malpractices and irregularities in various fields due to poor governance of the incumbent AJK regime.
Earlier‚ the prime minister was received by Azad Kashmir President Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob Khan‚ Prime Minister Chaudhry Abdul Majeed‚ other leaders and high ranking officials on his arrival in Muzaffarabad.
Prime Minister also held meetings with the APHC delegation‚ heads of political parties and leaders of PML-N Azad Kashmir.