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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has reiterated that solution to all outstanding issues with India including Kashmir dispute lies in dialogue.

Addressing joint sitting of the AJK Legislative Assembly and AJK Council in Muzaffarabad today, he said prosperity and development in South Asia would remain a dream till peaceful resolution of issues.

The Prime Minister expressed the hope that comprehensive bilateral dialogue process between Pakistan and India would move forward in days to come.

He said Pakistan is ready to cooperate with India on every matter, including terrorism.

He said Pakistan wants peace in entire South Asia, of which Kashmir is an important part.

He said it is the matter of UN's authority and prestige to solve the issue of Kashmir according to its resolutions.

He said Pakistan has tried to give a new vision to the region aimed at bringing peace to the area. He said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is a part of these efforts.

Turning to AJK's development, the prime minister assured that the corridor would also benefit AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan. He announced 250 million rupees for development projects in Azad Kashmir. He said many hydro-electricity projects are also being initiated in AJK.

The Prime Minister said we want to build a railway link from Islamabad to Muzaffarabad and a highway from Mirpur to Muzaffarabad. He said a project to construct expressway from Murree to Muzaffarabad is also under consideration.      

Commenting on Pakistan International Airlines, Nawaz Sharif said the government is working for the improvement of the national flag carrier and would not succumb to unjustified protests.

Earlier, welcoming Nawaz Sharif, Speaker AJK Legislative Assembly Ghulam Sadiq said the visit of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to express solidarity with the Kashmiri people will give impetus to struggle against Indian occupation.

Speaking on the occasion, AJK Prime Minister Ch Abdul Majeed lauded the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for taking a clear stance on Kashmir in the United Nations.

In his speech, leader of the opposition Raja Farooq Haider said Pakistan is a source of strength and hope for Kashmiris in their just liberation struggle.


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