SANGLA HILL - Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgat Baltistan Muhammad Barjees Tahir said that the resolution of Kashmir issue in accordance with the wishes of the Kashmiri people is imperative for bringing durable peace and prosperity in the region.

Talking to the media, he said India could not hoodwink the international community by staging election drama in the occupied territory. He said the Kashmiris had rejected the elections, as they were not substitute to the right to self-determination.

He said that the government had chalked out a comprehensive policy for resolving problems of the masses and completion of developmental schemes. Addressing a public gathering here, he said that the government had completed record developmental projects. The minister directed the officials concerned to ensure timely completion of these projects and no compromise would be made on quality of the material. Later addressing a function in Karamatabad, he said the government had allocated huge funds for the provision of education and healthcare for the people.

He said that terrorism was a major hurdle in Pakistan's prosperity. He said the establishment of peace in the country was the top priority of government. He said the government was sincere in peace talks. He hoped that the Taliban would also show sincerity to make the dialogue process a success.