'Kashmir politicians welcomed in AJK'
2 April 2005
Muzaffarabad: Adviser to AJK Prime Minister on Information Ms Noreen Arif on Saturday said that politicians from Indian-held Kashmir should be allowed to visit Muzaffarabad if they express the desire for the trans-Kashmir journey. 'If they want to come, they should be allowed,' she told a press conference while responding to a question by Dawn. The press conference was held before media reports from across the LoC said that Pakistan had allegedly denied permission to pro-India politicians to visit Muzaffarabad on April 7. 'It is our success that travelling across this bloody line will be taking place without the condition of passport and visa,' she said, adding that political people aspiring to come were welcome. The adviser was of the view that politicians from this part of Kashmir should also visit the held territory. 'Politicians should come from there and politicians should go from here. I myself strongly wish to travel in the first bus to visit the part of the heaven on earth' she said of held Kashmir. When a reporter pointed out that Pakistani politicians had visited (the held) Kashmir in the past, she said the Kashmiri politicians had not been allowed to visit. Replying to another question, she said the split in the Hurriyat Conference was an unfortunate thing and had weakened the stand of the Kashmiris.