Kashmir issue can"t be resolved in one sitting
2 July 2001
The News International
ISLAMABAD: Former director general Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) Lt-General (retd) Hameed Gul has welcomed the forthcoming Pakistan-India summit, but said much expectations should not be attached with the talks.In an interview, Hameed said the Kashmir issue would be the most important subject during talks between President General Pervez Musharraf and Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee. He said he thinks the negotiations should be viewed as a sign of positive move. Nobody could be hopeful about the settlement of all the issues in just one sitting.He added unfortunately India still only wants to show to the world community through holding parleys with Pakistan that it wanted resolution of the Kashmir issue, but, practically, New Delhi is continuing crackdown in Kashmir.He said we should thoroughly watch the attitude and policy of India because he still believes that India is not wholeheartedly ready for talks. The former ISI chief said the people of Kashmir have been struggling for the last 53 years and expect the world community and the United Nations to eventually restore their rights. On the reasons of Indian prime minister's invitation to General Pervez Musharraf he said besides the international pressure, the Kashmir Jihad has an important role in this regard.