Pakistan pitches for speedy resolution of Kashmir dispute
SRINAGAR—Pakistan Sunday pitched for better ties with India and a speedy resolution of Kashmir dispute, on a day suspected LeT militants killed eight CRPF personnel and injured 21 others in Pulwama district.
Pakistani envoy to India Abdul Basit made the comments at an Iftar party organised at the Pakistan High Commission premises here. “Our policy is to establish peace and harmony across the world and this is our policy towards India as well. It has the same essence and spirit. We want improved relations with India, on that of same standing and that we live in peace together. We solve the issues and challenges with peace. We want the most important issue of Jammu and Kashmir to be solved as soon as possible so that we can give our future generations a peaceful South Asia,” he said.
In the deadliest attack on government forces in recent years, eight CRPF personnel were killed and 21 critically wounded when terrorists attacked a bus carrying Pampore in Jammu and Kashmir, in what appeared to be a suicide attack Lashkar-e-Taiba. Surprisingly, the top Hurriyat leadership from both the hardline and moderate factions was absent at the function hosted by the Pakistan High Commission.
Pro-Pakistan Hurriyat (G) Chairman Syed Ali Geelani sent his closest aides, including his son-in-law Altaf Ahmed Shah alias ‘Fantoosh’, spokesperson Ayaz Akbar and others for the event. Moderate Hurriyat Conference of Mirwaiz Umer Farooq was represented by Maulana Masroor Abbas Ansari.—GK