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Pakistan rejects Indian Minister''s statement on Kashmir
October 22, 2013, 1:17 pm

Pakistan has stated that the Kashmir dispute is the core issue that remains unresolved between India and Pakistan.
Pakistan's Foreign Office spokesperson Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry expressed disappointment over the comments made by India's External Affairs Minister on the status of Jammu and Kashmir in the Indian media.

He said that it is unfortunate that the Indian leadership continues to refer to the state of Jammu and Kashmir as an integral part of India, when it is clearly otherwise, according to an official press release.

He added that as a member of the United Nations, India should not overlook or undermine the numerous UN Security Council resolutions on this issue. While bilateral agreements may exist, the sanctity of the UN resolutions cannot be understated, said the press release.

The Kashmir dispute remains a fundamental component of the bilateral dialogue process and resolution of this dispute is vital for maintaining peace and security in the region, it added.

The Indian External Affairs Minister, Salman Khurshid in an interview to Indian media said that it would be a waste of time to question Delhi's claim over the troubled region. Referring to Pakistani PM's suggestion for the United States' mediation in the Kashmir dispute, the minister said, "There is no way in which India will accept any intervention on an issue that is entirely accepted in the Simla Agreement as a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan." He said, "India's continued intransigence over this issue is counterproductive and is unhelpful in the efforts to resolve this dispute."

Pakistan remains committed to a purposeful, constructive and result-oriented dialogue with India and believes that serious efforts need to be made in maintaining a positive atmosphere and, in addition to avoiding negative propaganda, Chaudhry added.

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