May 2003 News

MMA sees pro-India US tilt on Kashmir

4 May 2003
The Dawn
Our Staff Reporter

KARACHI: Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal Sindh President Asadullah Bhutto has said Pakistan-India talks are resuming at a time when Jehadi organizations have been banned which shows that the US has a pro- Indian plan for Kashmir. 'We have a common religious bound with Kahmiris. Besides, all Pakistani rivers, including the Indus, flows through Kashmir, so if we lose Kashmir, our rivers' water will also be controlled by India. Thus we will be left at the mercy of New Delhi,' he pointed out. Mr Bhutto, who is also an MNA, was speaking at a meeting of district leaders of the Jamaat-i-Islami. He warned that if India succeeds in changing the direction of our rivers like it had done in the case of Wullar Barrage, Punjab and Sindh will turn into desert and the Frontier and Balochistan will become areas dotted with barren mountains. He said historically, geographically and legally Kashmir is part of Pakistan, but the US and its allies have been turning a blind eye to the violations of human rights in the Indian-occupied Kashmir. The US, instead of declaring the Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh, BJP, Vishwa Hindu Parishad and other religious extremist organizations terrorists as they had been involved in the massacre of Muslims in India, the Hizb-ul- Mujahideen, the largest Jehadi organization which had been struggling for the liberation of the Kashmiris for more than half- century, had been declared a terrorists organization which showed that the US had a pro-Indian plan for Kashmir. Referring to the situation in Sindh, he criticized the provincial government for failing to send the resolutions adopted by the Sindh Assembly to the federal government even after a month, describing the delay by the Sindh government as criminal negligence. Mr Bhutto stressed the need to improve law and order in Sindh and to provide unemployed youths with jobs and protect the rights of Sindh. NPP The National People's Party has emphasized the need for dialogue between nuclear powers Pakistan and India for the resolution of all outstanding issues, including the core issue of Kashmir, as South Asia could not afford confrontation. Recalling that Pakistan is a frontline state against terrorism and it is not involved in infiltration across the Line of Control, the Central Information Secretary of the party, Syed Zia Abbas, said the international community should accept Pakistan's proposal for the deployment of international observers on both sides of the LoC in Kashmir to verify the truth about the alleged infiltration. He apprehended that India could engage in state terrorism and kill innocent people in occupied Kashmir during the visit of US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage to Pakistan and India next week, as in the past few years India had resorted to such tactics when dignitaries, including former US President Bill Clinton, were visiting Islamabad and New Delhi to malign the former.


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