Gilani Pledges Continued Support to Kashmiri Separatists
The day India proposed to Pakistan foreign secretary level talks, Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani said that his government would ‘continue extending political, moral and diplomatic support’ to the separatist campaign in Jammu and Kashmir, reported IANS.
“We will continue extending our political, moral and diplomatic support to the people of Kashmir and our principled stance will not be changed on the issue of Kashmir,” Gilani was quoted as saying in his talks with leaders of Pakistan-administered Kashmir.
PoK President Raja Zulqarnain Khan and Prime Minister Raja Mohammed Farooq Khan met Gilani at his residence in Islamabad on the eve of ‘Kashmir solidarity day’ which is to be observed in Pakistan on Friday.
“Pakistan wants early resolution according to the aspirations of the Kashmiri people, as it is imperative for lasting peace in the region,” Gilani was quoted as saying.
Gilani’s statement comes at a time when India has sent a formal proposal to initiate foreign secretary level talks with Pakistan, stressing that it will carry on these discussions with ‘an open and positive mind’.