ISLAMABAD - The Kashmiri leadership on Friday announced their full support to Pakistans efforts for the revival of stalled Indo-Pak peace process, however, demanded their inclusion as well in the resumed dialogue between the nuclear neighbours. Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi briefed the Kashmiri leadership and leaders of political parties of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir on the Kashmir issue and recent announcement by Pakistani government to give autonomy to Gilgit-Baltistan. An official here requesting anonymity said the briefing at the Foreign Office was aimed at taking Kashmiri leaders on board for the 'Gilgit-Baltistan Empowerment and Self-Governance Order 2009 in the wake of criticism by PML-N leader Mian Nawaz Sharif and senior Kashmiri leader Yasin Malik. Nawaz Sharif reportedly said that the political parties were not taken on board by the government about the package announced for Gilgit-Baltistan and Yasin Malik said the Pakistan government approved the package without taking all stakeholders into confidence. According to the official, some Kashmiri leaders also opposed the PPP-led governments move on the autonomy to Northern Areas during the briefing by the foreign minister and demanded that all the leaders from Kashmir must be thoroughly consulted before such an important decision. An official statement, however, said the participants noted the steps taken by the government of Pakistan to grant empowerment to the people of the Northern Areas and they endorsed the action taken by the government in that regard. The briefing was attended by Minister for Information Qamar Zaman Kaira, President Azad Jammu and Kashmir Raja Zulqarnain Khan, Prime Minister Azad Jammu and Kashmir Muhammad Yaqoob Khan, representatives of Indian Kashmir (IHK) leaders and other Kashmiri leaders. The Kashmiri leaders during the meeting emphasised the need to resume dialogue process between Pakistan and India and added that both Islamabad and New Delhi would benefit from the resumption of the dialogue process, which was in the interest of peace and security of South Asia and added that Kashmiris must be associated with these talks. Expressing concern and regret to put 'pause by India on the composite dialogue process, they stressed the need that the dialogue process should continue, according the to statement. The meeting expressed full solidarity with the people of IHK underlining that Pakistan would never abandon the Jammu and Kashmir issue. The meeting called for the resolution of water issues between Pakistan and India in accordance with the Indus Treaty of 1960. Appreciating the holding of the ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC), the Kashmiri leaders termed it an important confidence building measure (CBM). They also noted that CBMs on Kashmir including cross-LoC travel and trade were positive development. The meeting said the elections in Indian Occupied Kashmir were not a substitute for the right to self-determination. The low vote turnout in the elections was a clear message to New Delhi that the people of Jammu and Kashmir had rejected all steps by India to force its will on the people of Jammu and Kashmir, the meeting noted. The meeting endorsed the holding of a conference on Kashmir early next year. Earlier, the Foreign Minister while giving detailed briefing to the Kashmiri leaders said, Pakistan remains committed to finding a just and peaceful solution of the issue of Jammu and Kashmir in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions and aspirations of people of Kashmir. He said all political parties in Pakistan spoke with one voice on the issue of Jammu and Kashmir. Qureshi said the Kashmir issue needed to be projected more vigorously and the role of Kashmiri Diaspora was extremely important in this context. He said it was also a unanimous view that India must put an end to the human rights violation in Indian Occupied Kashmir. The minister said Kashmir held the key to a durable peace in the region. We feel that Kashmir dispute is central to Pakistan-India relations, which highlights the need for the Kashmiris to be associated with the dialogue process, he said. He said the Kashmir issue remained key factor in all the rounds of composite dialogue process between Pakistan and India so far held. He added Kashmir issue remained focused in all the meetings of president or prime minister or at foreign minister levels with the Indian leaders. Referring to the recent meeting between the two prime ministers at Sharm El Sheikh, the foreign minister said it underlined that the two prime ministers recognised that dialogue is the only way forward. He said, We feel that the reaction in India to the Pakistan-India talks in Sharm El Sheikh and the subsequent joint statement has been emotional. Referring to elections held in IHK in April-May 2009, the minister said, In our view, elections in IHK are an administrative measure and not a substitute to conflict resolution. He assured the Kashmiri leaders that Pakistan had been making consistent efforts to project the Kashmir cause at the national and international levels. He said the Special Committee on Kashmir of the National Assembly had proposed to hold a conference on Kashmir early next year in Islamabad. On the water dispute, the Minister said, We have emphasised upon the Indian side that there was a need to ensure respect to Indus Waters Treaty and the commitment to address concerns related thereto. Qureshi said a major step had been announced by the government recently to grant empowerment to the people of the Northern Areas, now Gilgit-Baltistan, and termed it indeed an important development.