Set­tle­ment of J&K is­sue vi­tal for re­gional peace: PM

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IS­LAM­ABAD

Prime Min­is­ter Raja Pervez Ashraf Fri­day said set­tle­ment of the long-stand­ing is­sue of Jammu and Kash­mir, in ac­cor­dance with the UN res­o­lu­tions would pave the way for durable peace in South Asia.

Talk­ing to Pres­i­dent Azad Jammu & Kash­mir Sar­dar Yaqub Khan and Prime Min­is­ter AJ&K, Chaud­hary Ab­dul Ma­jeed here at his Par­lia­ment House Cham­ber, he re­it­er­ated his gov­ern­ment’s re­solve to continue moral, po­lit­i­cal and diplo­matic sup­port to the peo­ple of Jammu and Kash­mir in their just de­mand for right to self-de­ter­mi­na­tion.

The Prime Min­is­ter said the as­so­ci­a­tion of Pak­istan Peo­ples Party with the Kash­mir cause was em­bed­ded in its his­tory. He said it was Sha­heed Zulifqar Ali Bhutto, the founder of the PPP, who cham­pi­oned the cause of Kash­mir and in­ter­na­tion­al­ized it.

The Prime Min­is­ter said so­cio-eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of AJ&K fig­ured high on the demo­cratic gov­ern­ment’s agenda. He said mas­sive de­vel­op­ment projects have been com­pleted dur­ing the ten­ure of the present gov­ern­ment, which in­clude uni­ver­si­ties, high­ways and bridges. He said the gov­ern­ment was com­mit­ted to early re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of earth­quake-hit ar­eas and said the fed­eral gov­ern­ment would re­lease funds for the timely com­ple­tion of all on-go­ing projects in Kash­mir.

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