May 2004 News

AJK-PPP rejects Kasuri’s ‘road-map on Kashmir’

4 May 2004
The Nation
Our Staff Reporter

RAWALPINDI: Former Azad Jammu and Kashmir premier and Barrister Sultan Mahmood Chaudhry said that they did not accept Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmood Kasuri's 'roadmap on Kashmir' and wanted the solution of long standing dispute between India and Pakistan according to the United Nations Resolutions on the matter. Barrister Sultan Mahmood Chaudhry, who is President of Pakistan Peoples Party AJK Chapter, was talking to a group of journalists after meeting with former senator Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday at Accountability Court Rawalpindi where latter was facing corruption references. Terming the ongoing improvements in relations with India as mere time gaining tactics Barrister Sultan Mahmood Chaudhry said that did not think India was serious in resolving Kashmir dispute. Barrister Sultan said that earlier the stand of President Gen. Pervez Musharraf on Kashmir issue was firm but now he had taken a U-turn on the matter and made it clear that Kashmiris living on both sides of Line of Control would not accept any decision taken in isolation and against their wishes. He stressed the need for including Kashmiris in the efforts for bringing lasting peace in this region and said that any dialogue minus Kashmiris participation would fail to bring lasting peace and permanent solution to the dispute. To a question about the ongoing political turmoil in AJK and the resignation of five ministers from AJK Cabinet Barrister Sultan Mahmood Chaudhry said that it was the internal problem of ruling Muslim Conference and they had decided not to interfere in the matter. He further said that they would enter the arena when some group from the ruling party would approach them for help. To another question he said that they would be holding meeting with American Congress on May 12 and they would definitely raise their concern about the fast-changing taking place on the matter in the meeting. Barrister Sultan Mahmood Chaudhry said that Pakistan was passing through very difficult time referring to the developments in Afghanistan, Kashmir, Iraq and the recently concluded Wana Operation in the South Waziristan, and stressed the need of taking into confidence all the political forces in the country so that the country could be steered out from this difficult situation. He demanded of President Gen. Pervez Musharraf to immediately release former senator Asif Ali Zardari, allow safe return to former premier Ms Benazir Bhutto and hold free and fair general elections as according to him only Pakistan People's Party could serve the cause of the country as well as its people in better way. About his one and half hour meeting with former senator Asif Ali Zardari he said that they had discussed party affairs in the backdrop of the political changes taking place in the country.


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