April 2005 News

KARACHI: MMA seeks just solution to Kashmir, says Fazl

26 April 2005
The Dawn
Our Staff Reporter

Karachi: Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal Secretary General Maulana Fazlur Rehman has said that they are not opposed to a peaceful settlement of Kashmir issue provided that aspirations of people of Kashmir should be taken into account before taking any decision. Maulana Fazlur Rehman was talking to a group of journalists after addressing a meeting of business community and the JUI-F members at the residence of his party leader Mustafeezuddin in Delhi Mercantile Society on Monday night. Present on the occasion were Qari Usman, Qari Sher Afzal, Maulana Omar Sadiq, Maulana Abdul Karim Abid, Maulana Ehsanullah Hazarvi, Maulana Hafiz Abdul Qayyum Nomani, Maulana Syed Hussain Ahmad and others. In reply to a question, he said that Gen Musharraf had been harming the Pakistanís stand on Kashmir issue as so far no concrete progress had been made towards the solution of Kashmir issue in the ongoing talks between Pakistan and India. Besides, there was no positive response from India about different options mentioned by Gen Musharraf. He said it appeared as both sides were utilizing their energy to demonstrate to the world that their all efforts were to solve the Kashmir issue but the other side was avoiding it. The MMA leader said that it was high time to make sincere efforts to find a negotiated but a just solution of Kashmir so that Kashmiri should get relief who were suffering for the last 56 years, particularly in occupied Kashmir where 0.7 million Indian army personnel had made the life of people miserable. When his comments were sought on the detention of Maulana Samiul Haque in EU countries, Fazlur Rehman said that it spoke a lot about performance of the Foreign Office of Pakistan which failed to protect the honour and dignity of the member of an official delegation. Regarding differences between PPP and PML-N, the two main parties of the ARD, he said it had never been the desire of MMA to see break-up of the alliance as if there had been any differences, it was their internal matters. He was asked if he would be attending the next meeting of the National Security Council as leader of the opposition, he said no decision had been taken so far in this regard and the matter would come up for consideration in the next meeting of the MMA. Earlier addressing the gathering, Maulana Fazlur Rehman said that that the US economy was in a mess with its trade deficit reaching US$8 billion and its credit burden had crossed over to US$6 trillion and US$41 billion and the value of dollar had been reduced against Euro by 43 per cent. In order to give a boost to its economy, he said, the US had been trying to occupy oil and other mineral resources of the Arab world and the occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq in the name of democracy was manifestation of its designs. He said that the US, blind with power, had started a war in the garb of so-called terrorism to occupy all resources of the Ummah, but had been facing resistance from the people as their rulers had lined up with the US. He said with its awesome might the US had made all the rulers of world as its allies but people not only from Muslim countries but also from the western countries were putting up resistance against its design. Maulana Fazlur Rehman said that the rulers in Pakistan claimed that they had reserved foreign exchange of US$12 billion forgetting that it was their policies but the compulsion of the situation after 9-11 tragedy which forced expatriates to transfer their savings to secure them in Pakistan. He asked had the government policies were sound why the foreign exchange were not being increased with the same rate as was witnessed soon after 9-11 situation. Lauding the role of tradersí community in the country and its response to the strike call, he said that it showed their confidence in the MMA leadership. He expressed hope that the role of tradersí community would remain active for a prosperous future of Pakistan.


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