October 2003 News

Any Division Of Kashmir Not Acceptable For Kashmiris: Sultan

9 October 2003
The Pakistan Tribune

Trarkhal: Pakistan Peoples Party Azad Kashmir President and leader of the opposition Barrister Sultan Mahmood Chaudhry has said that Chenab formula, other suggestions could be harmful for Kashmir cause and conspiracies of division of Kashmir should be curtailed. 'United Nations resolutions are the key to resolving Kashmir issue peacefully. All other options including Chenab formula were not acceptable for Kashmiri people,' he said while addressing a big gathering of PPP workers here at Tararkhal house . Speaking on the occasion he said that Kashmir issue has become a flash point in South Asia due to the thousands of sacrifices rendered by Kashmiris. Now the United Nations, United States, European Union and other world powers were taking interest to help resolve the contentious issue of Kashmir between India and Pakistan, he added. Barrister Sultan said conspiracies vis--vis division of Kashmir must be curtailed in order to find an acceptable solution of Kashmir dispute. The suggestions about the division of Kashmir could be harmful for Kashmir cause in this critical stage, he maintained. AJK opposition leader said Kashmir issue should be resolved in accordance with the wishes of Kashmiris people and under the United Nations resolutions. Kashmiri people were the main party of Kashmir dispute and the problem could not be resolved without their participation in any talks on Kashmir, he said. He was highly critical of Muslim Conference government saying AJK present government was damaging the Kashmir freedom movement. The government is involved in political vendetta and targeting the opposition members. Employees are being transferred without any solid reason . Commenting on Mangla Dam Expansion agreement, Sultan said it has no value at all as the agreement was signed between the parties having no link with the AJK state. He added that they had not been taken into confidence in this regard. He was of the view that this agreement should be signed between state government and the Pakistani government. The people of Mirpur district are suffering due to this project as the decision has been taken against their wishes and they had also not been paid proper compensation in this regard, he said. Secretary General PPP Chaudhry Latif, Member Kashmir Council Sardar Sawar Khan, Member Legislative Assembly, Sardar Ghulam Sadiq Khan and other leaders were also present .


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