September 2000 News

Kulsoom Accuses Musharraf Of Striking Covert Deal On Kashmir

10 September 2000
The News International

Lahore: Begum Kulsoom Nawaz on Sunday accused Chief Executive General Pervaiz Musharraf of striking an under-hand deal over Kashmir with India ''to perpetuate his rule''. Speaking to the participants of Majlis-e-Tahaffuz-e-Pakistan at her Model Town residence here on Sunday, Kulsoom alleged that the chief executive was dancing to the tunes of his foreign mentors and inflicting irreparable loss to the nation. She said that the present government was dreaming to convert Pakistan into a secular state by negating the Two-Nation Theory. She said military rulers could become a risk for Islam as well as Jehad-e-Kashmir. ''They are talking about giving India the status of most favoured nation,'' she added. Kulsoom further alleged that the government had already decided to sign the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). She said that the government was ready to sacrifice anything just to obtain loans from the donors. Describing the statement of the federal religious affairs minister regarding Tahaffuz-e-Namoos-e-Risalat law and giving the Qadianis a status of minority, she said such an irresponsible statement had hurt the entire nation. Kulsoom condemned the increase in power tariff and oil prices and described it as an attempt to economically kill the poor people. She said that the people were committing suicides owing to formidable price hike. On the occasion, PML leader Tehmina Doultana, who was recently released on bail, said conscientious political workers do not change their leader. Reposing complete trust in the leadership of Nawaz Sharif, she said that they were offered release against the signing of an anti-party document, but every time they declined.


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