Kashmir dispute between India-Pak continues to hold international relevance: Qureshi

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

MULTAN - Despite the US-India ties, the Kashmir issue continues to hold international relevance, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said.

Speaking to media representatives after the Eidul Azha prayer in Multan, Qureshi said that the Kashmir conflict remains on the United Nations’ agenda, the Dawn reported.

He said that Pakistan wants a lasting resolution to the issue and will continue to make efforts in this regard.

Earlier, the Security Council’s President for the current month, British Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant, while presenting the annual report to the 192-member assembly, did not mention the Kashmir dispute in the context of unresolved long-running situations in his statement, despite the fact that it is included in the annual report.

“We understand this was an inadvertent omission, as Jammu and Kashmir is one of the oldest disputes on the agenda of the Security Council,” Pakistan’s acting ambassador to the world body, Amjad Hussain Sial had remarked after Grant’s statement.

A spokesman for the Pakistan’s mission to the UN, Mian Jehangir Iqbal, later clarified the matter in a statement, saying: “The agenda item entitled, ‘India and Pakistan Question’, which covers the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, is duly mentioned in the annual report of the Security Council and is also present on its agenda.” (ANI)

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