Three options being considered to settle Kashmir issue: Faisal
5 October 2005
The News International
Islamabad: Three options are under consideration for the amicable resolution of the Kashmir dispute, Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Northern Areas Makhdoom Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat has said. In an interview with The News, the minister disclosed that one option is 'joint control formula', the second is 'limited sovereignty formula' and the third one is 'devolution system formula'. He claimed that the leaders, foreign ministers, foreign secretaries and even the actors of the backdoor diplomacy have discussed these options, while Kashmiris on both sides of Line of Control are being taken into confidence in this regard. Faisal said that under the joint control formula, Pakistan and India would jointly control the Jammu and Kashmir region. He said that according to the second option being discussed between India and Pakistan, the Kashmiri nation would enjoy all the financial, local government budget and other powers of a provincial government, while the defence, currency and foreign affairs would be the joint responsibility of Pakistan and India. The minister said the third option is the devolution system. Under this arrangement, he added, the local government system is likely to be expanded in such a way that the Kashmiri people could get right to self-determination type powers. Faisal said that under these options, the currencies of both Pakistan and India would be recognised in Jammu and Kashmir as the legal tender like some European countries where euro and local currency is treated as the legal tender.