Voice of the Mountain People

Reforms package not to ‘dilute’ stand on Kashmir: Zardari

Posted by Gilgit Tribune on September 19, 2009

LONDON, Sep 18: President Asif Ali Zardari has said that the Gilgit package was aimed at addressing the long standing demands of the people of the area for autonomy, self governance, and empowerment and to respect their basic human rights.

He said this during a call on him by members of the Justice Foundation Kashmir Centre led by Nazir Ahmad Shawl here today. “The people of Gilgit-Baltistan had been disenfranchised since independence and it was time that they were given their political and economic rights” he added.

He said that the package was aimed at resolving the day to day problems of the people which were earlier referred to the federal government.

Spokesperson to the President former Senator Farhatullah Babar while briefing the media about the meeting said the President had assured the delegation that the reforms package would in no way dilute Pakistan’s principled stand on the Kahmir dispute.

He said Gilgit-Baltistan was not declared a province of Pakistan although its people were given some political rights as enjoyed by provinces.

“A clause had also been inserted into the package so as to launch the reforms process without prejudice to Pakistan’s position on the issue of Kashmir” He quoted the President as saying. APP

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