March 2004 News

'India may withdraw claim on AJK'

12 March 2004
The Nation
Our Monitoring Desk

Islamabad: India may withdraw its claim on the Pakistani part of Kashmir (Azad Kashmir) at any crucial stage of the ongoing dialogue process with Pakistan, reported VOG on Friday, quoting diplomatic sources. According to the broadcast, these sources believe that in response Pakistan may agree to recognise Hindumajority Jammu area as part of India. VOG maintains that the latest statements of Indian leaders about Pakistan are very surprising for those circles, which were advocating that a long time would be needed to bridge the gulf of acrimony. Only time will tell whether the latest statements of Indian leaders are just election slogans or a prelude to a major change or sincerity, the radio adds. VOG remarks the real test for both New Delhi and Pakistan would be dealing with Kashmir. Advani is advocating giving more autonomy to the state but the thinking of Pakistani government does not even willing to give importance to the opinion of Kashmiris in this regard. In an interview with Reuters, Advani said the resolutions passed by India on Kashmir could not be ignored. Responding to a question as to whether President Pervez Musharraf is trustworthy, Advani said the present situation demands that he should be trusted. VOG says these remarks are quite meaningful.


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