Sayeed: Seek Pak nod for settling Kashmir issue
15 June 2000
The Hindustan Times
Srinagar: FORMER UNION Home Minister and Peoples Democratic Party President Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today asked the Centre to ''secure Pakistan''s acceptance for any resolution on Kashmir''. Mufti Sayeed said, ''The Government of India must realise that it is imperative to secure Pakistan''s acceptance for any agreement arrived at through dialogue with the people of Kashmir.'' ''It must work out the modus operandi for securing Pakistan''s involvement in the process of settling the Kashmir problem with the aim to find a permanent and peaceful solution to the conflict.'' He wanted it to be read in the spirit of the Parliament''s resolution that listed PoK as part of India. ''In that sense, there is a dispute and it has to be discussed.'' For Kashmir observers, this attitude of the PDP reflects a shift from its original stand when it stressed exclusively for a bilateral dialogue between the people of Kashmir and the Government of India. Mufti Sayeed was addressing a press conference here this afternoon to detail the deliberations of the two-day party''s Executive Committee and Political Affairs Committee meet. He said that the Centre would have to demonstrate seriousness in conducting a dialogue with Kashmiri separatists. He quoted Pakistan''s military ruler Pervez Musharraf''s reported comments that Pakistan would accept agreement that the Hurriyat Conference may arrive at with the Government of India.