May 2004 News

Kashmir issue solution possible outside UN resolutions: Qayyum

5 May 2004
The Pakistan Tribune

RAWALPINDI: Muslim Conference supreme head and former AJK Prime Minister Sardar Abdul Qayyum Khan has said there can be solution(s) to the Kashmir dispute other than the United Nations resolutions. In 'Meet The Press' programme of Islamabad- Rawalpindi Press Club on Wednesday, Sardar Qayyum said he fully seconds the standpoint of president Gen Pervez Musharraf on Kashmir. He said the Kashmiris are ready to consider a solution of the issue other than UN Security Council resolutions. The Kashmiri leader said he is oblivious of roadmap Foreign Minister Khursheed Mehmood Kasuri talked about. He said there is nothing clear about the roadmap. 'It would have been better for Mr. Kasuri to take us in confidence before talking something about new plan of Kashmir solution', he said. 'If the proposed roadmap is for inclusion of Kashmiri representatives in Pak-India dialogue process and for withdrawal of Indian troops from areas of civilian populations in Kashmir valley, this will be acceptable for Kashmiris', he said. Sardar Qayyum said the freedom movement in held Kashmir is still on and will continue in future as well till the achievements of its targets. He said after the Islamabad declaration on the conclusion of Saarc Summit, the issue has taken a new turn and people are, now, talking about dialogue process for the peaceful resolution of longstanding dispute. The Kashmiri leader lauded president Gen Musharraf's policies on Kashmir and said he has the potential to resolve the dispute. In response to a query, Sardar Qayyum said the Kashmiris rejected Irish formula on Kashmir. 'The genuine leaders from both the valley need to sit down on table to formulate a roadmap on Kashmir', he said. He rebuffed reports about differences within Muslim Conference and said these are nothing more than baseless media reports.


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