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    Pakistan slams Salman Khurshid's remarks on Kashmir full Statement

    Pakistan has reacted strongly to Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid's statement on Kashmir, asking New Delhi to avoid negative propaganda. In an exclusive interview to NDTV, Mr Khurshid had on Sunday reiterated India's stand of Kashmir being its integral part. He said that no external intervention will be tolerated on the issue, and it is a "waste of time on the part of anybody to try to question it."

    Following is the full statement issued by Pakistan's foreign office:

    Expressing disappointment at the comments by the Indian External Affairs Minister on the status of Jammu & Kashmir, appearing in a section of the Indian media, the Spokesperson stated that the Kashmir dispute is the core issue that remains unresolved between the two countries.

    It is unfortunate that Indian leadership continues to refer to the state of Jammu and Kashmir as an integral part of India, when the reality is clearly otherwise.

    As a member of the United Nations, India should not overlook or undermine the numerous UN Security Council resolutions on this issue. While bilateral agreements may exist, the sanctity of the UN resolutions cannot be understated.

    The Kashmir dispute remains a fundamental component of the bilateral dialogue process and resolution of this dispute is vital for maintaining peace and security in the region. India's continued intransigence over this issue is counterproductive and is unhelpful in the efforts to resolve this dispute.

    Pakistan remains committed to a purposeful, constructive and result-oriented dialogue with India and believes that serious efforts need to be made in maintaining a positive atmosphere and avoid negative propaganda.
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    3.6 lakh disabled in Kashmir, many protest raw deal

    Jammu and Kashmir has more than 3.6 lakh physically challenged people and the numbers have increased due to over two decades of violence, say statistics released here Wednesday by an association representing them.

    Dozens of members of the all J&K Handicapped Association also began an indefinite hunger strike here to protest what they say is a raw deal to physically challenged people by the state government.

    According to statistics released to mediapersons by the association here, the largest number of handicapped people belongs to the twin border districts of Kupwara and Baramulla in the valley which remained the worst affected because of the separatist violence during the last two decades here.

    "There are 38,530 physically challenged people in Kupwara district while their number is 39,421 in Baramulla district," said a member of the handicapped association.

    The number of disabled people released Monday does not include thousands of mentally challenged people who fell victim to depression, insomnia, behavioural disorders and mental trauma because of the disturbed situation in the state.

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