Mushahid against US mediation on Kashmir
30 August 2003
The Daily Times
LAHORE: Pakistan will lose if America mediates to resolve the Kashmir issue, said former information minister Senator Syed Mushahid Hussain on Saturday.Addressing a seminar organised by the Kashmir Action Committee, he said America had changed its policies onGulf states after the disintergation of the Soviet Union but its polices regarding South Asia had not changed. Therefore, only the United Nations should be allowed to mediate between India and Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir issue, he said. He said India had been hawkish towards Pakistan until recently when Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee offered the resumption of dialogue on issues other than Kashmir. 'Pakistan should not send troops to Iraq even under the UN command until America admits its defeat,' he added. An odd situation arose when former chief justice Syed Naseem Hassan Shah said, 'As Northern Areas have become part of Pakistan, it would be acceptable if the Kashmir Valley is given to Pakistan and Jammu and other parts to India.' Participants stood on their seats and condemned his opinion. Peace activist Dr Mubasher Hassan said the Indian and Pakistani governments did not want to resolve the Kashmir issue despite knowing that their people desire peace. The governments of both countries are the only hurdle in the way of a peaceful settlement of the Kashmir issue, he said. Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid-e-Azam (PML-QA) Senator SM Zafar urged both countries to resolve the issue through dialogue.