Pervez Has No Right To Decide: Qazi Hussain
24 November 2004
The Asian Age
Lahore: Qazi Hussain Ahmed, leader of Pakistan's one of the most radical Muslim parties, rejected President Gen. Pervez Musharraf's overtures towards India as an 'immature move.' He cautioned: 'Nobody has given you the right or authority to decide on behalf of the people of Pakistan or the Kashmiris.' In an interview to The Asian Age, Qazi Hussain said his party or its allies were not consulted on the ongoing peace process between the two countries. He was unable to understand rather angry over what he called Gen. Musharraf's unilaterally giving in to the neighbouring country. 'He is not our legitimate President, yet we fail to understand why he is giving concession after concession to them unilaterally,' he said. Strongly pleading for granting the people of Kashmir their promised right to self-determination, Qazi Hussain said if India continued to deny it on one or the other pretext 'it leaves no option but to approach the UN again.' He would not trust either the US or Britain, but the rest of the nations had to be taken along. He had no hope in the Organisation of Islamic Conference terming as it 'murda tanzeem (dead organisation)' but had the satisfaction over the Muslim Ummah (nation) being alive. 'They together would force the usurper to quit Kashmir,' he said. He would not agree with the notion that the people of Jammu and Kashmir are fed up with violence. 'Fight between right and wrong is inevitable. It would go on and ultimately every one would bow before logic,' he said. He alleged that Gen. Musharraf by talking about easing tensions with India and mitigating the sufferings of the Kashmiri people was actually trying to win respite for himself and other generals. 'What he says reflects cowardice and weakness,' he said adding that what was being said and done by the Pakistani President was a result of increasing pressure from Washington. Qazi Hussain wouldnt, however, reject the urge for seeking a peaceful resolution to the Kashmir problem. 'But that must be achieved through an honourable way and not by giving in,' he said. He wanted Islamabad to force India accept Kashmir being disputed first and only then go for the dialogue that should involve the people of the State as well. Asked who he thought represented them, the Jamaat-e-Islami leader said, 'I accept Ali Geelani as the leader of the people of Kashmirthe people and others fighting for their freedom should trust him.' Qazi Hussain said he was deadly against the target killings especially by the militants. 'I think no Kashmiri should kill a fellow Kashmiri,' he said. He said that the Indian government had tried to involve him in track-II diplomacy by repeatedly sending him invitation to visit the country through some emissaries but he refused 'because I thought this is only a trap to defuse the situation and hoodwink the international community.' Similarly, the reopening of the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road for the proposed bus service would amount to legitimizing Indias claim on Kashmir, he said. He did not think it was violence that has made life difficult for the people of the State. 'I dont call it violence. It is the legitimate right of the people to resist,' he reiterated.