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MEA Official Spokesperson's response to questions on Pakistan foreign ministry spokesperson's remarks about self governance on both sides of the LOC

New Delhi
November 21, 2005 

During the meeting between PM Dr. Manmohan Singh and PM of Pakistan Shaukat Aziz in Dhaka the latter had conveyed that in seeking a resolution on the Jammu and Kashmir issue the two countries could inter alia explore ideas such as self governance and demilitarisation. No proposal regarding so called "self governance" was provided to which a response was expected. 

Our PM had conveyed that J&K already enjoyed autonomy under the Indian constitution and had in place a popular government elected through free and fair elections. However, there was clearly a lack of autonomy in POK and there had been no popular elections in Gilgit and Baltistan to determine the wishes and aspirations of the people. 

PM had also reiterated that there would be no question of redeployment of security forces by India while cross border terrorism and infiltration continued and there was no cessation of acts of terrorist violence.