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Gilani says Kashmir issue holds key to durable peace in region

Claiming that the Kashmir issue holds the key to durable peace in the region, Pakistan Premier Yousuf Raza Gilani on Tuesday sought a 'constructive and purposeful' dialogue with India to resolve the problem.

world Updated: Jun 02, 2009 13:45 IST

Claiming that the Kashmir issue holds the key to durable peace in the region, Pakistan Premier Yousuf Raza Gilani on Tuesday sought a 'constructive and purposeful' dialogue with India to resolve the problem.

"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 addressing a meeting in Islamabad.

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," the Pakistan prime minister said.

He claimed that the Kashmir issue 'holds the key to durable peace in the region' and said that it must be resolved through "sincere dialogue" in order to open up vast opportunities for the socio-economic development of the South Asian region.

His comments came days after the Congress-led UPA government assumed office for the second five-year term in India.