October 2003 News

AJK president doubts rapprochement with India

14 October 2003
The News International

ISLAMABAD: The leader of Azad Kashmir said on Tuesday said the tentative rapprochement between India and Pakistan would fail unless the core dispute of Kashmir was resolved.'Confidence building measures are not going to work until the Kashmir issue is resolved,' Azad Kashmir President Sardar Muhammad Anwar Khan told reporters. The peace process between India and Pakistan seems to have come to a grinding halt as both sides continue to accuse each other of not doing enough to create a conducive atmosphere for talks.'There is only one just solution of the Kashmir problem and that is under the United Nations framework,' Anwer said. He denied Indian allegations that al-Qaeda militants were infiltrating into Indian-occupied Kashmir from Pakistan. 'It is a baseless charge and Indians are used to levelling such allegations on Pakistan, which is playing an active role in global war against terrorism,' he said.Anwar also denied charges that banned militant outfits like Hizbul Mujahideen, Lashkar-e-Taiba or Jaish-e-Muhammad were operating in Azad Kashmir. He urged India to respond to Pakistan's repeated call for cease-fire on the 767 kilometre long Line of Control.


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