November 2005 News

Mirwaiz Reveals Plan On Kashmir

25 November 2005
The Nation

Islamabad: The leader of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has outlined a comprehensive plan on the proposed 'United States of Kashmir' which seeks to revert back Kashmir to its original pre-partition state of 1947. This concept, according to him consists of five autonomous regions consisting of Jammu, the Valley, Laddakh, Azad Kashmir, Gilgit and Baltistan. Speaking on the phone to our correspondent on Friday, the prominent Kashmiri leader spelt out a proposed plan based on Federal system, with all the above five regions with their separate autonomous assemblies. Asked under whose control would be the proposed assemblies or Parliament, he said under the 'joint control of India and Pakistan'. Whenever the above proposed system was implemented the armed forces of both India and Pakistan would be withdrawn, he added. The administration and law and order would be handed over to the police, he said. When asked whether the proposed concept was being aired on behalf of President Musharraf, he said it was not the brainchild of General Musharraf. But he conceded having discussed the concept with President Musharraf during their meeting with him in Pakistan. When asked that Pakistan Foreign Office had described the United States of Kashmir concept as 'out of box', he said India has denied it. However, perhaps this was taken up between the two sides in their informal discussions, he added. Mirwaiz said that the plan has the tacit support of Kashmiris and 'we would formally present it to govts of India and Pakistan for their consideration'. According to him, APHC would present the above plan of 'United States of Kashmir' to US Congress delegation in New Delhi next week. US has already shown interest in the concept and as such they look forward to their support on it.


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