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- Monday, August 26, 2013 - From Print Edition


KARACHI: Emphasising the need for resolution of all issues with India through dialogue, President Asif Zardari on Sunday asked India to stop violations at the Line of Control (LoC).


The president said this during a meeting with the AJK Prime Minister Chaudhry Abdul Majeed at the Bilawal House here.Kashmir issue, unprovoked Indian shelling at the LoC, political developments in AJK and other issues came under discussion during the meeting in which Faryal Talpur was also present.


Zardari expressed his satisfaction at the briefing on the AJK situation by the AJK prime minister. He also thanked Nawaz Sharif for adhering to the spirit of the CoD and accepting the PPP mandate in the AJK.


Majeed said Kashmiris were against the war and not against the Pakistan-India dialogue. He said Kashmiris were not against Pakistan-India CBMs and trade but this development should not be at the cost of their blood. He also appealed to the UN to take notice of unprovoked Indian shelling and firing at the LoC.


He expressed solidarity with those killed in the firing and ordered Kotli administration to pay them compensations. He said India should know that the mountains of Kashmir will be the graveyard of its forces in case of war.


He appealed to the international community to play its role to stop the casualties. He said violations of human rights and abuse of children and women posed a challenge to the UN. He appealed to the civilised world to ensure the Kashmiris’ right to plebiscite, adding that regional peace was linked to Kashmir issue in South Asia.


He said the PPP founder ZA Bhutto had based his party on the Kashmir cause, for which the late leader had vowed to fight for a thousand years.


He said Benazir Bhutto also raised voice for Kashmir and won its representation in the OIC, adding that the late leader had said they would sweat blood for the rights of Kashmiris.


He also addressed the Kashmir community in which MNA Qadir Pateel, Senator Saeed Ghani, Najam Aalim and others participated.