March 2004 News

No possibility of Kashmir issue's resolution: Gilani

4 March 2004
The Daily Times
Iftikhar Gilani

NEW DELHI: All Party Hurriyat Conference (APHC) Chairman Syed Ali Gilani has taken a pessimistic view of the ongoing Indo-Pak dialogue process and said there was no possibility of the Kashmir issue's resolution. 'Those who believe that India and Pakistan will resolve the Kashmir issue are living in a fools paradise,' he told a gathering in Srinagar organised to felicitate the People's League leader Sheikh Abdul Aziz who was recently released from prison after three years.He said while Pakistan has brought flexibility in its stand, India has not matched the gesture. He claimed that India has used the cease-fire and peace with Pakistan to erect fences along the borders and enhance operations inside Jammu and Kashmir.He also pooh- poohed at the idea of unifying both APHC factions. Representatives of the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), bar association and Mr Aziz had also asked both factions to unite for the sake of the Kashmiri cause. Unimpressed by the arguments, Mr Gilani said unity and reconciliation should not come at the cost of morality and principles. 'Both sides are before you and now it is up to you to decide who is right and you should side with him.


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