Kashmir Issue Should Be Resolved Bilaterally: Fazlur
10 August 2003
The Times of India
Islamabad: Advocating more interaction between the people of India and Pakistan, chief of Pakistan's hardline Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, Fazlur Rehman, on Sunday said the two countries should solve the Kashmir dispute without any US mediation. 'We should settle disputes without any involvement of the United States,' Lehman told a peace conference here which was attended by a delegation of Indian parliamentarians and journalists. Lehman, who met Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee during a visit to India in July, said the recent peace moves between India and Pakistan were 'steps in the right direction' and the Kashmir dispute should be resolved in accordance with the wishes of Kashmiris. He said more people to people contact would help resolve disputes. Lehman said war could not solve any problem. 'Wars complicate matters rather than solving them,' he observed.