ISLAMABAD - Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Senator Pervaiz Rashid said on Monday that dialogue was only way forward on Kashmir and it should be resolved in accordance with the UN resolutions keeping in view the aspirations of the Kashmiri people.

He said that the PML-N government has never compromised on the principled stand on Kashmir whenever it came to power. It had a similar vision in 1990-93 and 1997-1999.

He was talking to a delegation of Bagh Press Club Azad Kashmir and said that PM Nawaz Sharif effectively presented Pakistan's stance at the recent 69th UN General Assembly session.

The Prime Minister, he said, reminded the world community about the promises made with the Kashmiris for resolving the issue under the UN Security Council resolutions.

Pervaiz Rashid said the Nawaz Sharif successfully convinced Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the then Indian prime minister, that durable peace in the region could not be achieved without the resolution of core issue of Kashmir. "The peace process between India and Pakistan will remain incomplete if it did not satisfy the Kashmiri people."

He said India would gain nothing by firing shells on unarmed civilians across the Line of Control (LOC), rather it was losing its own credibility in the comity of nations.

Pervaiz said many farmers working in the fields near the Pak-India boundary had lost their lives due to India's unprovoked shelling.

He said that Pakistan had always tried to remove the harshness shown by Indian side. "Had it been our mistake, we could not have asked UN commission and independent observers to investigate and examine the whole affair."

The minister said Pakistan was fully capable to defend every inch of its land and protect its citizens from Indian aggression.

He urged India to follow the peaceful way as adopted by Pakistan for resolving the issues.

He said the government would do its best to resolve the issues of journalists so that they could perform their duties in accordance with their professional ethos. He directed the Secretary Information, Broadcasting(and National Heritage to take cognizance of their issues and facilitate them in the best possible manner in the performance of their professional duties.

The minister said the government had abolished its secret and discretionary funds according to the PML-N's manifesto, adding that the use of funds in the past had not been fair and transparent.

The government demonstrated democratic spirit and refrained from any undemocratic act, the minister emphasized. The delegation members appreciated Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif for effectively highlighting Pakistan's stand on Kashmiri at the UNGA session.