Kashmir is the jugular vein of Pakistan: Gilani

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Islamabad, Sep.20 (ANI): Pakistan Prime Minister Yosuf Raza Gilani is back to singing his 'K-tune' by describing Kashmir as Pakistan's jugular vein.

Interacting with a group of political leaders during an Iftaar party at the PM House here, Gilani said Islamabad's policy on Kashmir was based on Mohammad Ali Jinnah's stance that "Kashmir was the jugular vein of Pakistan."

Referring to the government's recent decision to grant internal autonomy to Gilgit-Baltistan, Gilani said Pakistan's stand on Kashmir would remain unchanged.

"I want to express in clear and unequivocal terms that this decision of the government will not bring any change in Pakistan's principled stand on Kashmir," Gilani said.

Gilani blamed India of neglecting the long pending Kashmir issue and said that Pakistan wants a peaceful resolution to the dispute.

"We want to resolve the Kashmir dispute peacefully and have invited India for negotiations, despite it repeatedly ignoring them," The Daily times quoted Gilani, as saying.

Gilani said he had categorically told Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh during their meeting at the margins of the NAM summit in Sharm-el-Sheikh earlier this year that resolving the issue was very important for establishing peace in the region.

"There could be no peace in the region until the Kashmir dispute was resolved according to the aspirations of its people," he added. (ANI)

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