|THE LAHORE DECLARATION, FEBRUARY 21, 1999
The Prime Ministers of the Republic of India and the Islamic Republic
Sharing a vision of peace and stability between their countries, and
of progress and prosperity for their peoples;
Convinced that durable peace and development of harmonious relations
and friendly cooperation will serve the vital interests of the peoples
of the two countries, enabling them to devote their energies for a better
Recognising that the nuclear dimension of the security environment
of the two countries adds to their responsibility for avoidance of conflict
between the two countries;
Committed to the principles and purposes of the Charter of the United
Nations, and the universally accepted principles of peaceful co- existence;
Reiterating the determination of both countries to implementing the
Simla Agreement in letter and spirit;
Committed to the objective of universal nuclear disarmament and non-proliferartion;
Convinced of the importance of mutually agreed confidence building measures
for improving the security environment;
Recalling their agreement of 23rd September, 1998, that an environment
of peace and security is in the supreme national interest of both sides
and that the resolution of all outstanding issues, including Jammu and
Kashmir, is essential for this purpose;
Have agreed that their respective Governments:
· shall intensify their efforts to resolve all issues, including
the issue of Jammu and Kashmir.
· shall refrain from intervention and interference in each other's
· shall intensify their composite and integrated dialogue process
for an early and positive outcome of the agreed bilateral agenda.
· shall take immediate steps for reducing the risk of accidental
or unauthorised use of nuclear weapons and discuss concepts and doctrines
with a view to elaborating measures for confidence building in the nuclear
and conventional fields, aimed at prevention of conflict.
· reaffirm their commitment to the goals and objectives of SAARC
and to concert their efforts towards the realisation of the SAARC vision
for the year 2000 and beyond with a view to promoting the welfare of the
peoples of South Asia and to improve their quality of life through accelerated
economic growth, social progress and cultural development.
· reaffirm their condemnation of terrorism in all its forms
and manifestations and their determination to combat this menace.
· shall promote and protect all human rights and fundamental
Signed at Lahore on the 21st day of February 1999.
Atal Behari VajpayeePrime Minister of the Republic of India Muhammad
Nawaz SharifPrime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan