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ASSOCIATED PRESS OF PAKISTAN

NEWS SUMMARY
(27-07-2000)

Pakistan denies link between Hizb’s truce offer and Chinese Foreign Minister visit

ISLAMABAD, July 27 (APP): Pakistan Wednesday vehemently rejected the reports as "speculations" that the Hizbul Mujahideen’s offer for cease-fire in held Kashmir was linked to the visit of Chinese Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan. "There is no truth in it," Foreign Office spokesman said in response to a question at the press briefing. He said,"any high level visit from China is an important occasion. But so far this particular speculation is concerned there is no truth in it." The spokesman said the recent visit of Chinese Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan to Pakistan "was in the tradition of very close consultations," which the two countries hold from time to time. These remarks were made by Foreign Office spokesman Riaz Muhammad Khan at his first press briefing.

The spokesman said the Chinese official has had detailed meetings with the Chief Executive General Pervez Musharraf and Foreign Minister Abdul Sattar and he also called on the President Muhammad Rafiq Tarar. He said wide range of bilateral, regional and international issues were discussed in the talks. He said the Chinese Foreign Minister briefed Pakistani leadership on his talks with Indian leaders and officials. He also briefed on the recent summit level meeting between China and Russia and senior official level talks between Beijing and Washington. Responding to a question, he said, "Kashmir is a subject which is central to the regional peace and security." He said Beijing supports Islamabad’s position for the resumption of dialogue between Pakistan and India to resolve all issues including Kashmir.

Onus on India to respond to ceasefire offer of Mujahideen Group: Jabbar

ISLAMABAD, July 27 (APP): Information Minister Javed Jabbar Wednesday said, the onus is now on India to respond to the ceasefire offer and call for peace by a mujahideen group of Indian Occupied Kashmir. "The onus is now on India how it responds to this gesture - it is up to India to see this as an opportunity and respond positively - de-escalate the tension, halt its aggression, reduce number of troops, end human rights violations, and invite the APHC for talks on the Hurriyet’s terms," he told newsmen. Javed Jabbar, who is also Advisor to the Chief Executive on National Affairs, told a questioner that the ceasefire offer by Hizbul Mujahideen clearly proves that in the Occupied Jammu and Kashmir it is an indigenous movement of people who are struggling for their UN-recognized rights. "It is a self-motivated movement, an indigenous movement in which the people are sacrificing their lives - and the movement has its own capacity to take decisions and that there is no foreign interference," he stated. The Information Minister, replying to another question, stated that Pakistan has offered to hold dialogue with India on all outstanding issues including the Kashmir dispute and it is now up to New Delhi to respond positively. "The world has recognized the need for dialogue and Pakistan’s efforts for a peace in the region - it is for New Delhi now to respond to the talks offer."

APHC describes Hizbul Mujahideen’s decision as hasty

ISLAMABAD, July 27 (APP): In Occupied Kashmir, the Executive Committee of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference held an extraordinary meeting in Srinagar Wednesday to deliberate upon the decision of the Hizbul Mujahideen of unilateral cease-fire. In a statement after the meeting, the APHC reiterating its constitutional stand said it desires a peaceful settlement of Kashmir issue through meaningful talks, reports Kashmir Media Service. The meeting was presided over by the former APHC Chairman, Syed Ali Shah Gilani and attended by the new APHC Chairman, Professor Abdul Ghani Butt, Khawaja Abdul Ghani Lone, Maulana Abbas Ansari, Bashir Ahmad Butt advocate, Bashir Ahmad Tota and Ghulam Nabi Zaki.



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