Kashmir body unhappy with Rashid's visit
23 June 2005
The Daily Times
Islamabad: The special parliamentary committee on Kashmir has expressed strong reservations over Information Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed's visit to Jammu and Kashmir.The committee has also concluded that the visit will confuse the Kashmir issue and the current peace process between India and Pakistan. Committee member and Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal leader Liaqat Baloch told Daily Times after Thursday's committee meeting that the Kashmir committee's opposition and government members expressed reservations over Sheikh Rashid's visit to Srinagar and were also annoyed with him for not taking the committee into confidence over his visit despite the fact that he was a committee member. The committee met with Hamid Nasir Chattha in chair. Liaqat Baloch said the committee unanimously agreed that Sheikh Rashid's visit would confuse the Kashmir issue because nobody knew whether he would visit Srinagar on an Indian visa or on a permit. 'The committee also demanded Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz and Foreign Minister Khurshid Kasuri brief the committee about the government's Kashmir policy,' Raja Pervez Ashraf, Pakistan People's Party Parliamentarians secretary general said. The committee made the demand because it was of the view that the government was not only bypassing parliament, but was also not taking the committee into confidence on Kashmir, he added.'The committee proposed that the prime minister should brief it on the government's Kashmir policy in Parliament House's committee room and not at Prime Minister's House or Prime Minister's Secretariat,' he said.