New Delhi has objected to Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani’s statement that resolution of the Kashmir dispute holds the key to peace in the region.
“It (terrorism) has nothing to do with Kashmir. Terror whether it is in Kashmir, in Mumbai or elsewhere, it is abominable,” External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna said on Tuesday.
Krishna pointed out that Kashmir is a part of the composite dialogue that India had initiated with Pakistan. “Now it is in Pakistan’s court to create conditions for the dialogue to be resumed,” he underlined.
The composite dialogue between the two countries was stalled following the 26/11 terrorist attacks in Mumbai.
“Kashmir holds the key to peace in the region. It must be resolved sincerely through dialogue,” Gilani had said earlier in the day.
Pakistan remains committed to finding a just and peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions and aspirations of the Kashmiri people, Gilani said told a meeting in Islamabad while inaugurating the 43rd session of ‘Azad Jammu and Kashmir Council’.
Expressing Pakistan's “political, moral and diplomatic support to the Kashmiri people for their right to self determination,” he said the issue must be resolved peacefully. “Pakistan would like to engage in a constructive and purposeful dialogue with India to resolve the issue,” Gilani said.
Alluding to the aftermath of the Mumbai attacks, Gilani said: “We have impressed upon India that focus of the efforts of the two countries should remain on countering terrorism which is the real issue and not mutual recrimination.”