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Pakistan welcomes PM's remarks on Kashmir

"Both sides should work together to facilitate interaction, especially among the divided Kashmiri families," she added.

india Updated: May 26, 2006 23:59 IST
Xinhua

Pakistan on Friday welcomed Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's statement to resolve all outstanding issues with it, including the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.

"Pakistan at the highest level has repeatedly stated that we must seize the opportunity of improved relations and conducive international environment to resolve the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, which has been the cause of conflict and tensions in relations between the two countries," foreign office spokesperson Tasneem Aslam said.

Manmohan Singh had made the remarks on Kashmir while addressing a roundtable conference to discuss Kashmir issue on Thursday at Srinagar.

"We have always emphasised the need for moving beyond the Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) and have focused discussions for resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute and also involving the Kashmiri leadership with the peace process," Aslam said.

"President Musharraf has offered concrete ideas in this regard."

She said that Pakistan recently received suggestions from the Indian side and that Islamabad would be responding to them to move the peace process forward and to help progress towards a settlement of the dispute.

"We have also noted several positive elements in the speech of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Srinagar, especially relating to the need to improve human rights situation in Jammu and Kashmir," she said.

"Pakistan had also agreed that there should be greater interaction between the people across the Line of Control, which divides the two countries in the Kashmir region," the spokesperson said.

"Both sides should work together to facilitate interaction, especially among the divided Kashmiri families," she added.