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After meeting Hurriyat in Kashmir, former Norway PM calls on PaK prez

Muzaffarabad, Nov 25: After meeting with Joint Hurriyat leaders in Kashmir a few days ago, former Prime Minister of Norway, Kjell Magne Bondevik Sunday travelled to Pakistan Administered Kashmir where he called on the PaK President, Sardar Masood Khan.

Bondevik, as per Pakistan media, visited PaK on Khan’s invitation.

On Friday, Bondevik had met Joint Hurriyat leaders Syed Ali Shah Gillani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq at Geelani’s residence in Srinagar.

Bondevik, as per the media reports, briefed PaK President about his visit and meeting with the Joint Hurriyat Leadership in Kashmir.

During his meeting with Norway’s leader, Khan, the reports said, told him that the grim situation in Kashmir required diplomatic and political initiative by the international community to end the suffering of the people.

“Diplomacy can help us bridge divides and come to understanding on a just and lasting resolution on the Kashmir dispute,” Khan was quoted saying by Pakistan media.

He added that UN Security Council Resolution on the Kashmir dispute adopted under chapter 6 of the UN Charter outline the modalities for the pacific settlement of the dispute.

Khan, as per reports, said that Kashmiris strongly believe that there is no military solution of Kashmir and India will have to sit across the table with Pakistan and genuine representatives of Kashmiri people to work out modalities for peaceful settlement of the dispute.

Speaking on the occasion, Bondevik, while referring the report of the United Nations’ Human Rights Commission, expressed his grave concerned over growing incidents of human rights violations in Kashmir.

He said that peaceful settlement of Kashmir issue through dialogues and other means is imperative for lasting peace and stability in the region.

He expressed his wish that all the parties to the Kashmir dispute including representatives of Kashmiri people sit together to find an amicable solution to the seven decades old conflict of Jammu and Kashmir.