Not putting Kashmir issue on backburner: Pakistan

Islamabad: Pakistan today said it is not putting the “core issue” of Kashmir on the backburner as it works to normalise ties with India, and any final settlement between the two sides would be linked to realising the “aspirations of the Kashmiri people”.
“The Jammu and Kashmir dispute is about the people of Kashmir and their inalienable right to self-determination. Therefore, there is no question of freezing this issue or putting this core dispute on the backburner,” Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit said.
“Doubtless, we are taking steps on the path to normalise Pakistan-India relations but reaching the final destination will inevitably be contingent upon realisation of Kashmiris’ aspirations,” he said during the weekly news briefing.


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