June 2005 News

'LoC as border is no solution'

3 June 2005
The Hindu
B. Muralidhar Reddy

Muzaffarabad: The Line of Control is not the solution to the Kashmir 'dispute,' says Pakistan-occupied Kashmir President Sardar Muhammad Anwar Khan. Speaking at a dinner he hosted in honour of the visiting Hurriyat delegation here at midnight on Thursday night, he said making the LoC a point of dispute would not resolve the Kashmir issue. 'Kashmiris must be taken along in the process of talks between India and Pakistan. Indians should be forced to accept Kashmiris as part of the dispute,' Mr. Khan said. He paid tributes to the 'sacrifices' made by thousands of Kashmiris and said the peace process was moving forward because of them. 'Historic visit' Mr. Khan regretted that the United Nations 'failed' to implement its resolutions on the lingering dispute. He termed the Hurriyat visit 'historic. ' It was also 'historic' that the All Parties Hurriyat Conference leaders were visiting Islamabad without visa. Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front chief Yasin Malik said Kashmiris had 'invested' in their cause, making thousands of 'sacrifices.' India and Paksitan must consider a role for Kashmiris in their talks to resolve the dispute according to their wishes. Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said the Kashmir 'dispute' would be resolved when India, Pakistan and Kashmiris moved forward together. The purpose of the visit was to talk to the leaders of Kashmir and Pakistan. 'We are ready to talk on any proposal for the resolution of the dispute. And our case is so strong that we can put it before the world in an emphatic way.' PoK Prime Minister Sardar Sikandar Hayat said the atmosphere raised hopes that the Kashmir issue would be resolved during the tenure of the present governments in India and Pakistan.


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