EU envoy to visit AJK

Hameed Shaheen

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad-based ambassador of European Union Mr Lars Gunnar will pay a 2-day visit to Azad Jammu and Kashmir from May 25, 2011. He will be accompanied by the Country Director of ADB Mr Rune Stroem.

The EU ambassador will inaugurate some public facilities reconstructed in the 2005-eartthquake devastated zones there.

Ambassador Gunnar will also meet the AJK Premier Sardar Attique Ahmed Khan on May 26, 2011. The EU role in the economic reconstruction of AJK and the evolving scenario on Kashmir issue following Gilani-Singh Mohali summit of March 30, 2011, will be the highlight of their meeting.

The European Union and its 28-member states Brussels-based parliament keep alive the Kashmir dispute as its regular yearly agenda of debate and discussion. This most powerful bloc of the world powers favors negotiated settlement of Kashmir.

An All-Party Group on Kashmir in the European parliament holds annual global discourses on Kashmir dispute. This time the Organization of Islamic Conference was also associated with the discourse on May 3 and 4, 2011, in Brussels. AJK Premier Sardar Attique Ahmed Khan on October 13, 2010, in a Kashmir Case hearing held under the umbrella of European parliament in its Brussels headquarters had proposed association of OIC and UN in EU’s Kashmir resolution efforts.

The European group of nations is very much familiar with the genesis of the Kashmir dispute. The Portuguese, the French and lastly the British had had their commercial colonies in the South Asian sub-continent since 15th century. The Portuguese maintained their Goa (Hindustan) colony till 1961 when New Delhi took its possession through a military action.

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