SANGLA HILL

Federal Minister for Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan affairs Ch Muhammad Barjees Tahir has said that resolution of the Kashmir issue according to United Nations resolutions is prerequisite for the lasting peace in the region.

He was talking to PML-N workers and office-bearers here the other day.

He said that the Pakistan’s ideology and Kashmir issues were interconnected and an all-out effort would be made for the freedom of Held Kashmir. “There is no option other than dialog for resolving this issue,” he added.

Berjees Thair said that the government highlighted the Kashmir issue at all international forums properly and according to will of Kashmiris while special efforts would be made to let the Kashmiris decide their own future.

He said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had asked him to visit the Line of Control and give a message to the people of Kashmir that they were not alone as the people of Pakistan were with them.

The minister said the PML-N government believed in the system and wanted the government in Kashmir to work purely on merit and remove all problems and corruption from the system.

He said that the government was committed to eliminating corruption from the country and had taken various steps to enhance efficiency of various departments.

He said that on the direction of the Prime Minister the Federal Ministries had reduced their 30 percent expenditures from the very first day, the government showed determination to pursue the policy of broader reconciliation, as a result, instead of forming its own government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan, the PML-N accepted mandate of other parties, he claimed.

He said that the federal government had directed the PML-N chapter in Azad Kashmir not to disrupt the already established government and let it complete its term.

Barjees Tahir said that the government had decided to extend possible cooperation to the provincial governments for maintaining peace in Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit-Baltistan.

He said that peace could not be restored in the region without resolving the issue of Kashmir according the wishes of Kashmiries. He said the Kashmir issue should be resolved only through dialogue “Talks not war can bring peace in the region,” he added.