Kashmir is core issue, UN resolution valid : Benazir

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New Delhi, Sep 12 (UNI) Former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto has described Kashmir as ''certainly a core issue'' (between India and Pakistan) and said the United Nations Resolution was ''valid'' and ''legal.'' ''I would say that the UN resolution is valid. UN resolution is law and it is legal. But against that background, India and Pakistan, with the Kashmir leaders, are involved in a compromise dialogue and we hope it will reach a new goal...Kashmir is certainly a core issue but it is not an issue which should be allowed to derail Indo-Pakistan relationship or Indo-Pakistan dialogue,'' the Paksistan Peoples' Party (PPP) leader said in an interview to CNN-IBN.

To a question on terrorism, she said ''groups'' like Jaish-e-Mohammed and Lashkar-i-Toiba had unleashed suicide bomb attacks in Pakistan which had led to the death of many innocent people in the country and also ''across the border.'' She hoped that all political parties could work to make the Parliament sovereign to reform security services and end the establishment of private power, private armies, private depots and private groups that conduct militant activities.

She said she would look into India's request for extradition of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim if she came to power again.

''We will certainly. If he is living in Karachi, it is very wrong. We will certainly look into this request by the Indian government and I do not think that Pakistan should get a bad name and be seen as a country that harbours criminals from different parts of the world, including India,'' she said.

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