June 2003 News

Anwar Stresses Unanimous Opinion On Kashmir

3 June 2003
News Network International

Muzaffarabad: President of Azad Kashmir Sardar Mohammad Anwar Khan Tuesday said the current situation demands a unanimity of opinion on the thorny Kashmir issue. 'Split opinion and dissentions will weaken our stance on the Kashmir issue; and if the Kashmiris who have rendered over 80,000 human sacrifices, no one has the right to present formulas on Kashmir,' Anwar said during his meeting with a local delegation here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr. Referring to US role in South Asian peace, the president said, 'if the United States was interested in peace between Pakistan and Indian, it must strive for the resolution of Kashmir issue according to the aspirations of the people of Kashmir. 'However, it is not possible that the Kashmir quit the freedom struggle and they should also be deprived of their self determination right,' the AJK president added. Rejecting the allegation of outside support to the freedom movement in occupied Kashmir, Sardar Anwar said the ongoing movement for liberation from brutal Indian occupation in purely indigenous and not outside backing is being meted out to it. Anwar opined that floating of pre-mature ideas and opinions on the resolution of the Kashmir problem will hurt our decades-old stance on the issue, beside such utterances could also affect continuing freedom movement in occupied Kashmir. 'Time is not ripe for presenting formulas on Kashmir, but for sticking to our logical and just stand on this issue,' Anwar said and stressed that all options be discussed at the negotiation table with the other party. The state president with regard to the AJK budget stressed the need for increase in developmental budget and cut in the non- developmental budget.


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