ISLAMABAD  - Special Committee of the Parliament on Kashmir Chairman Maulana Fazlur Rahman said Wednesday that resolution of the Kashmir issue was prerequisite to development in Pakistan and India as well as peace in the South Asia and good relations between the two countries.

He was commenting upon the recent statement of Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khursheed, in which he underlined the need for amity between the two countries. Maulana Fazlur Rahman said that for development in both the countries, peace was required so that the resources could be spent on economic development instead of purchasing arsenal.

He contended that the people of India and Pakistan wanted peace, so both the countries should resolve their disputes, including Kashmir which was the core and the biggest dispute. “If this issue is resolved, all other disputes will be easily settled,” he added. The Kashmir Committee chairman said every Indian delegation called upon peace between the two countries, which was a positive sign and showed that that both the peoples wanted peace and friendship, and not war. “However, there is not an iota of doubt that durable peace in the region is not possible without settlement of the Kashmir issue. Therefore, people and leaders of India should force their government to resolve the issue,” he asserted.

Fazl observed that Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khursheed was part of the Indian government and he could play an important role in resolving the Kashmir issue. It was a matter of surprise that, on the one hand, the Indian leaders wanted friendship with Pakistan, but on the other, they had not resolved the Kashmir issue.