Pakistan’s Foreign Policy shift last year more in tune with realities in Kashmir

From Indian Express: “Independent Kashmir will ensure peace in South Asia

“Nearly three weeks after the Indo-Pak joint statement in Sharm-el-Sheikh, Pakistan insisted on Wednesday that there was no change in its foreign policy and raked up its demand for an “independent Kashmir” for “long-lasting” peace in South Asia.”

“Asked if Pakistan’s foreign policy had witnessed a U-turn in recent times, Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit said there was no major change in the country’s stance on issues concerning external affairs.”

“There has been no change in our foreign policy. We want an independent Kashmir. We want the Kashmir issue to be resolved in accordance with the wishes of the people,” Basit told newsmen in Islamabad.”

“There was no mention of Kashmir in the Indo-Pak joint statement that was issued on July 16 after the meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistan counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani in Sharm-el-Sheikh on the sidelines of the summit of Non-Aligned Movement.”

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