Kashmir dispute hurdle to peace, stability in South Asia: Pak President

Lahore: Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain on Wednesday said that Kashmir dispute and unresolved issues of Sir Creek and Siachen with India were major hurdles to peace and stability in South Asia.

He was addressing a seminar ‘Peace in South Asia, organized by Pakistan Institute of International Affairs in Karachi on Wednesday.

“Challenges and threats in South Asia can be addressed through regional cooperation and resolution of longstanding disputes,” Radio Pakistan quoted Hussain as saying.

“The deteriorating situation in Kashmir has badly impacted the regional peace as India is trying to suppress the legitimate struggle of Kashmiris for self-determination, dubbing it as terrorism,” he said.

He said Kashmiris are fighting for their right of self-determination, which has been pledged to them by the UN Security Council.

The President said the ‘US strategy to pamper India as a big regional power could also negatively impact the regional situation.’

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