J&K dispute ‘must end’ for durable peace

Agence France Presse

Washington, June 11:

Pakistan and India will experience “durable peace” only if the two nations resolve their 57-year-old dispute over Kashmir, Pakistan’s foreign minister said here yesterday. And Kashmiris must be included in the peace process for the matter to be resolved, Pakistani Foreign Minister Khurshid Kasuri told reporters after meeting his US counterpart Condoleezza Rice for more than an hour at the State Department. Kasuri said Rice asked how the dialogue between

Pakistan and India was going. “I told her that we needed to resolve this issue so that there could be durable peace between Pakistan and India,” he said. “Pakistan and India need to guard against other issues raising their ugly heads because 57 years of Kashmir is enough,” Kasuri said. “In order that it is resolved we need to include the Kashmiris in the peace process,” he said. “There can be no resolution to the dispute if the Kashmiris are not involved.” “It’s like trying to solve the Palestinian problem without the Palestinians.” Regarding claims by a man with suspected Al-Qaeda ties that he was trained at an Al-Qaeda camp in Pakistan, Kasuri said his country had not been contacted by the US government. “If we are contacted, it goes without saying that we will provide cooperation,” he said. A father and his son from Lodi, California, were charged this week with lying to federal authorities. The son, Hamid Hayat, 22, admitted he had trained at an Al Qaeda camp in Pakistan for six months in 2003 and 2004 where he was trained on “how to kill Americans,” an FBI agent stated in an affidavit. Hamid’s father, Umer, 47, who drives an ice cream truck, acknowledged paying for his son’s flight and giving him a 100-dollar a month stipend knowing he was going to a “jihadi training camp,” according to the affidavit. Hamid was arrested upon returning to the United States from Pakistan late last month.