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Kashmir the core issue with India: Pakistan

Senate Chairman Mohammed Soomro said a durable solution was possible only if it satisfies all the parties concerned.

india Updated: Apr 29, 2006 18:15 IST

Pakistan has reiterated that the resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute remained the core issue to peaceful relations with India.

Talking to a delegation of Pakistani students in Boston on Saturday, Senate Chairman Mohammed Soomro said progress in the India-Pakistan dialogue was linked to the progress on the Kashmir issue.

He also added that a durable solution of the problem was possible only if it satisfies all the parties concerned, particularly the people of Kashmir.

"Pakistan is a peace loving country and was taking all possible steps for peace the world over", Soomro maintained, according to information available in Islamabad.

Soomro expressed satisfaction that Pakistanis residing in the US -- and the students in particular -- were playing a significant role in highlighting the country's image at international level.

According to him, "we consider our youth as our national asset. The younger generation should work hard and devote its energies for achieving excellence in various disciplines."

Soomro also underlined the need for shunning regional and linguistic prejudices and observed that students can play a key role in helping the government achieve these objectives.

First Published: Apr 29, 2006 18:15 IST