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Former Norwegian PM calls on AJK prime minister

Muzaffarabad: Former Norwegian Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik called on AJ&K Prime Minister Raja Muhammad Farooq Haider Khan here on Monday.
The AJK PM on the occasion discussed with him the prevailing political and human right situation in occupied Kashmir, situation along the line of Control (LOC) and ongoing process of development in the AJK. Minister for Education Barrister Iftakhar Gillani and other officials were also present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion the Prime Minister said that the resolution of Jammu and Kashmir issue was imperative for the durable peace in the region. He stated that civilized nations must come forward and play their due role in resolving the long pending Kashmir dispute that has been major cause of tension in the region. “Pakistan has always supported the Kashmiris’ just cause of right to self determination but it was India which always created hurdles in the way of resolving the Kashmir issue, ”he said.
Farooq Haider further said that people of Kashmir want resolution of Kashmir Issue accordance with United Nations resolutions so that this issue could be resolved accordance with wishes of the Kashmiris people. “Kashmiri people are the core party of the dispute and they have the basic role in the negotiations”, he added. Prime Minister said that United Nations must take notice of the human rights violations in the occupied Kashmir.
“India on one hand is victimizing Kahsmiris in occupied Kashmir and on the other hand half of million population is badly affected by the Indian firing on the LOC ,day to day life of the people along the LOC is also miserable”, he said.
AJK Premier said that AJK has a great potential of Tourism but this potential is badly affected because of Indian firing on LOC. “Indian state must respect the international Law as she is targeting schools and hospitals along the LOC. Public transport and animals were also being hit by the Indian forces”, he said. The AJK Premier expressed hope that Norway would play its role to exposing Indian brutal force before the International Community.
Former Norwegien Premier said that he had visited occupied Kashmir before coming to Azad Kashmir and had meetings with Syed Ali Gillani ,Mir Waiz Umer Farooq and other Hurriat Leadership and got the awareness of the situation.
“We have desire that Kashmir issue be resolved and India and Pakistan could be brought to table so this issue be resolved through peaceful means,” he said.
He said, we want resolution of Kashmir issue through implementation of UN resolutions so problems of the Kashmiri people could be solved and they could lead their lives peacefully. He said, for the significance of regional security the importance of resolving Kashmir issue cannot be ignored.
“UN will have to give attention towards this issue . It is our earnest desire that both the countries resolve the issue so their budget could be spent on welfare of their people. Later PM AJK presented souvenir to the honorable guest.

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