Kashmir dispute: Sharing territories the core issue: Hasan
12 September 2005
The Daily Times
Lahore: The amount of territory to be shared between India and Pakistan and the amount to be given to Kashmiris is the main problem in settling the Kashmir dispute, said former Federal Finance Minister Dr Mubashir Hasan told Daily Times on Saturday.Dr Hasan met representatives from India and Indian Kashmir during a recent trip to India. He did not name the people he met during the visit. Hasan, one of the founding members of Pakistan-India Peoples Forum for Peace and Democracy (PIPFPD), said that no solution against the will of Kashmiris was possible, adding that this was a healthy development. 'Even those Kashmiris who had shown dissent to governments' point of views have shown willingness to confer with them,' said the former minister. He said the division of territory between India and Pakistan was not a solution. 'The Indian statement that no change of borders is to be considered implies that the Line of Control as a border is in the minds of two neighbours. Pakistan and India are surely making progress towards the settlement of disputes, which have devilled the two nations for the last 58 years. They are not bothered by the Baglihar dispute or the violence in Jammu and Kashmir,' he added.Dr Hasan said the progress would be slow and the Indians should not procrastinate it further. 'Both the governments are being pressurised by the people and business communities. The business groups of India and Pakistan are keen to invest in the other country. The Indian traders are also keen to import from Pakistan,' he added.