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Foreign Minister Sartaj Aziz has said that there is a difficult task of Kashmir before us and hoped that the Indian Prime Minister's visit is a step towards its solution. Talking to newsmen in Lahore last evening, he said the two countries should make joint efforts to create conducive atmosphere for goodwill. He said the outcome of Nawaz-Vajpayee Summit would be reviewed at a meeting of Foreign Ministers of both the countries for which modalities would be worked out soon. Indian Foreign Minister Jaswant Singh said very positive talks have been held between the two Prime Ministers. He said India has decided to support Pakistan in getting membership of Indian Ocean Rim Countries Organization.
Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee returned to New Delhi last night after a two day visit to Pakistan during which he held talks with Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.
During the visit Pakistan and India signed Lahore declaration agreeing that the two governments shall intensify their efforts to resolve all issues including the issue of Jammu and Kashmir. DECLARATION:
The declaration was issued at a joint news conference which was addressed by Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee in Lahore Sunday evening. They reiterated that the dialogue on Kashmir will continue and the people should wait for the outcome which both the Prime Ministers indicated would hopefully be positive. The two governments also agreed to intensify their composite and integrated dialogue process for an early and positive outcome of the agreed bilateral agenda.
In his statement Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif noted that they were able to move beyond the symbolism of inauguration the bus service and the two sides have held constructive and can did discussions. Mr. Nawaz Sharif said he underscored the need for final settlement of the Jammu and Kashsmir issue. He said important documents signed by the two countries reflected their earnest desire to turn a new leaf in the chapter of Pak-India relations. Indian Prime Minister Mr.Atal Behari Vajpayee said Jammu and Kashmir is one of the issues they were discussing within the framework of their composite dialogue. He said they will negotiate with sincerity on this and all other issues.
Pakistan and India also signed a memorandum of understanding agreeing that they shall engage in bilateral consultations on Security concepts and nuclear doctrines with a view to developing measures for confidence building in the nuclear and conventional fields aimed at avoidance of conflict.
Pakistan and India have decided to establish Indo-Pak Chamber of Commerce and Industry . This was decided during the talks between the delegates of the both countries held in Lahore Sunday. The Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry have been asked to take immediate steps to establish the Chamber.
The former caretaker Prime Minister Mr. Meraj Khalid has welcomed the talks between Prime Ministers of Pakistan and India describing them as the first step towards resolution of outstanding issues including Kashmir. He said this while talking to newsmen in Lahore Sunday. Former Indian Prime Minister I.K. Gujral in a television interview said people of both the countries believe that their future is guaranteed only by friendship and the meeting of the two Prime Ministers is a manifestation of that wish. A former Pakistan Foreign Secretary Niaz A.Naik has hailed the Lahore Declaration and described it very important understanding between the two countries.
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The Prime ministers of Pakistan and India have agreed that there respective governments shall intensify their efforts to resolve all issues including the Kashmir dispute.
This has been stated in the Lahore Declaration issued after talks between the two Prime Ministers.
They also agreed that the two countries shall refrain from intervention and interference in each other's internal affairs. They agreed that the two countries shall intensify their composite and integrated dialogues process for an early and positive outcome of the agreed bilateral agenda.
In the declaration the Prime Ministers of the two countries said that they share the vision of peace and stability between their countries and are convinced that durable peace and development of friendly co-operation will serve the vital interests of the peoples of the two countries. They said that nuclear dimensions of the security environment have increased their responsibility to avoid conflict.
In the declaration the two Prime Ministers also committed themselves to the principles of the charter of the United Nations and reiterated that both the countries would implement the Simla agreement in letter and spirit. They also agreed that confidence building measures would be taken to improve security environment and has already agreed on September 23, 98 that they would create an environment of peace and security and for this they were in agreement that resolution of the issue of Jammu and Kashmir is essential.
Addressing a joint news conference at the conclusion of Mr.Vajpayee's visit to Pakistan the Prime Minister of India and Pakistan described their talks as substantive. In his statement Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif noted that they were able to move beyond the symbolism of inauguration the bus service and the two sides have held constructive and candid discussions. Mr. Nawaz Sharif said he underscored the need for final settlement of the Jammu and Kashsmir. (tape) He said they discussed issues of peace and security in the region specially the nuclear related question. There was a need of confidence building measures both in nuclear and conventional fields with a view to reducing the danger of conflict. He said neither Pakistan nor India has gained anything from the conflicts and tensions of the past 50 years. He was happy to note that Prime Minister Vajpayee has shared his vision of prosperity and progress in South Asia and contributing to global peace and prosperity. He said important documents signed by the two countries today reflected their earnest desire to turn a new leaf in the chapter of Pak-India relations. In his statement, Indian Prime Minister Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee said (tape) Jammu and Kashmir is one of the issues they were discussing within the framework of their composite dialogue. He said they will negotiate with sincerity on this and all other issues.
Answering a question about exercise of self determination by people of occupied Kashmir, the Indian Prime Minister said discussions on Kashmir issues are going on and it is difficult to say what solution will emerge.
Regarding the UN Security Council resolutions on Kashmir, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said he adequately dealt with the Kashmir issue during his banquet speech yesterday and people will eventually know what transpired between the two sides.
He referred to the Lahore declaration and said it clearly says that the two sides will intensify their efforts to resolve all issues including Jammu and Kashmir. The Indian Prime Minister told a questioner that he had discussed the question of CTBT with his Pakistan counterpart, but no decision has been taken.
VAJPAYEE RECEPTION( RECAST)
Earlier addressing reception in his honour by the Lord Mayor of Lahore Mr.Atal Behari Vajpayee reiterated his earnest desire for peace and friendship between the two countries and forwarding off the threat of nuclear disaster.
He said during his talks with Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif they took some very important decisions which would please the people of the two neighbouring countries.
Mr. Vajpayee stressed that both the countries are in dire need of peace and amity. Such an atmosphere he said is a pre requisite for solution of outstanding problems .He said when the time comes we would take bold decisions to resolve outstanding issues and Pakistan would not find us wanting in the respect. He said that we would continue to discuss issues and the dialogue with Pakistan in future.
The Indian Prime Minister Mr.Attal Behari Vajpayee has said a prosperous Pakistan is in India's own interest and his talks with Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif are aimed at ensuring lasting peace and friendship.
He expressed these views in his remarks in the visitors book at Minar-e-Pakistan during his visit to the historic monument in Lahore this morning. Here is a report of our Lahore correspondent Haroon Abbasi.
The Foreign Secretaries of India and Pakistan in Lahore Sunday signed a memorandum of understanding.
They agreed that the two sides shall engage in bilateral consultations on security concepts, and nuclear
Indian journalists covering the summit hoped that an acceptable way-out could be found to resolve the complex issues like Kashmir.
Hinting at the strong political will existing on both sides, they said normalisation of relations is a common desire at the people's level. Atmosphere of mutual trust and respect is need of the hour, to ease the tense relations.
The Indian journalists, while talking to APP in Lahore today said the summit meeting is a major breakthrough in the relations of the two countries, to settle their outstanding disputes.
The UN Secretary General Mr. Kofi Annan has welcomed the establishment of direct bus service between New Delhi and Lahore as a way to ease tension between India and Pakistan.
A spokesman of the Secretary General Mr. Fred Eckhard said in a statement at the United Nations that Mr.Annan hoped that Mr.Vajpayee's visit to Pakistan would contribute to the improvement of bilateral relations . BD REACTION
Bangladesh has hailed Mr.Vajpayee's visit to Pakistan and expressed hope that trip would strengthen relations between India and Pakistan and stability in South Asia.
The Bangladesh Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Mr.Abul Hassan Chaudhary said in Dhaka that Mr.Vajpayee's bus journey to Pakistan is viewed with great satisfaction by his country.
In occupied Kashmir, curfew has been imposed in several places of Rajouri, Poonch and Udhampur districts and heavy military reinforcement sent to affected places.
This follows killing of eleven people in Rajouri and nine at a village in Udhampur area by unidentified gunmen. Vast areas have been besieged by troops, carrying out house to house searches and arresting several people.
Three Mujahideen were reported martyred in clashes with besieging troops . Military losses were not made public. The troops reportedly suffered considerable casualties in a clash in Poonch area.
Clashes were also reported from Rajouri and Doda areas but details of military casualties were not available. The Mujahideen have claimed inflicting heavy losses on Indian troops.
Reports from New Delhi said, the head of the Jammu and Kashmir Democratic party, Bhoshan Bazaz while hailing Indian Prime Minister's visit to Pakistan, has emphasised that the time has come that India and Pakistan adopt the course of serious and meaningful talks to resolve Kashmir issue and other contentious matters, ushering in a new era of peace and prosperity in the region.
The Chief Minister of Indian Punjab, Mr. Parkash Singh Badal called on the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr. Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif in Lahore Sunday. Mr. Badal has come to Pakistan as part of delegation accompanied the Indian Prime Minister.
Mr. Shahbaz Sharif told the Indian guest about the steps being taken by his government for improving quality of life of the people of his province. Mr. Badal informed the Punjab Chief Minister of the steps being taken in his province for the progress of agriculture.
The Chinese Defence Minister General Chi Haotian and members of his entourage, Sunday visited the National Defence College, Rawapindi.
The Chinese dignitaries discussed professional matters with the Commandant of the College. They were also briefed in detail about functioning of this prestigious Defence training institution.