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Pak disappoints over EU report on Kashmir

'The EU Parliament welcomed the CBMs between India and Pakistan', says Neena Gill.

india Updated: Dec 19, 2006 18:48 IST

Pakistan has expressed its "disappointment" over a recent European Union report on Kashmir that termed a proposed plebiscite there as "out of step with reality" and critcised Islamabad's handling of the situation in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz told a visiting EU Parliament delegation headed by Neena Gill on Monday that Islamabad was disappointed with the EU Foreign Relations Committee report titled 'Kashmir, present situation and future prospects', prepared by British Member of European Parliament Baronness Emma Nicholson.

Aziz told the delegation that Pakistan was keen to settle all disputes with India including Kashmir peacefully, apprising them of President Pervez Musharraf's proposals on the vexed issue, 'The News' reported.

During an interaction with a Pakistani committee on Kashmir, Gill said voting in the European Parliament on Kashmir was deferred on the request of her delegation so that they could submit their report after visiting Pakistan, according to reports.

She said the EU Parliament welcomed the confidence building measures (CBMs) between India and Pakistan and supported the proposals made by Musharraf on the issue.

She appreciated the agreements reached by both side on promotion of trade and commerce.

First Published: Dec 19, 2006 18:48 IST