LAHORE AJK Prime Minister Sardar Attique Ahmed Khan said on Saturday the international community should settle the Kashmir dispute before thinking of giving India a permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). Talking to reporters in the metropolis, he said after the settlement of the Kashmir issue, Pakistan should propose a permanent UNSC seat for India while New Delhi reciprocate by proposing Nuclear Clubs membership for Islamabad. It, he said, would be the best way to give the Kashmiris their rights according to the UN resolutions and bridge the gulf between the two nuclear neighbours. The AJK prime minister called for a bipartisan Kashmir policy worked out by the ruling as well as opposition parties, with a commitment by all of them to pursue the same. Answering a question, he said the willingness expressed recently by the European Parliament to take up the Kashmir dispute jointly with the United Nations and the OIC was a major breakthrough from Pakistans point of view, which would ultimately lead to the settlement of the over six-decade old issue. But he regretted that the development went unnoticed. Similarly, he said, Chinas refusal to grant normal visas to the residents of Indian-held Kashmir was an important step supportive of Islamabads position on the status of the disputed territory. He rubbished assertions that the Kashmir issue had gone into the background or that the international community had forgotten it. He said as a matter of fact nobody had properly appreciated the importance and implications of the proceedings at the European Parliament which, he said, was regarded as the United Nations of more than two dozen powerful states the forum represented. The AJK prime minister said the European Parliament heard the viewpoints of Pakistan, India and Jammu and Kashmir (represented by him), which was a major breakthrough given the disputed status of J&K. Attique said although he expected that he would be refused permission to present J&Ks point of view, he was given a go-ahead to explain his case, after which he also presented a document. The representatives of Pakistan and India presented their points of view separately, he added. Attique said he advised the European Parliaments chief that in future the United Nations, the OIC and the European Parliament should take up the dispute jointly for finding an early solution, adding that the EP chief agreed to the proposal. In response to a question about fresh elections in AJK, Attique said he was willing to hold polls without any delay if the Constitution permitted the move. However, he said, the term of the incumbent Legislative Assembly was due to expire in June or July after which the polls would become unavoidable. Replying to another question, he said efforts were being made to launch the PML-N in AJK, although the Quaid-i-Azam wanted to see Muslim Conference as the only representative of the Kashmiris. The AJK premier said the Muslim Conference leaders who had parted ways were now going to launch the PML-N. He said his party was not speaking against Mian Nawaz Sharif and vice versa. How do you compare the Kashmir policies pursued by Mian Nawaz Sharif, Gen Pervez Musharraf and the present PPP government, he was asked who replied very government had made its own contribution. He referred to reports that Pakistans permanent representative in the United Nations had voted for India for a non-permanent UNSC seat. The support was unexpected even for Indian media and it tried to look into the motives behind it. He said Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi was giving due importance to the Kashmir issue. There was a time when he was insisting that Pak-India talks would not be held by excluding the Kashmiris. But then the minister said the dispute would be on the top of the agenda of talks between the two countries. It was a positive development, he remarked.