December 2005 News

US Sanctifies United States Of Kashmir

7 December 2005
The Nation

Islamabad: The US has sanctified the proposal of 'United States of Kashmir' urging Pakistan and India to find solution to the core issue within the parameters laid down in this plan forwarded by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq. Washington has conveyed its blessing to the United States of Kashmir plan both to Islamabad and New Delhi recently through diplomatic channels, said the official sources here. They said before that a high-level delegation of US Congressmen, which visited Pakistan and India few days back, discussed the plan in detail with the top leadership in two South Asian capitals. The Congress delegation was informed in Islamabad about Pakistan's willingness to accept Mirwaiz's plan but New Delhi has so far not come up with any clear position on the vital idea, an official said. The United States of Kashmir plan asks for a federal structure of governance in the five regions of Kashmir. 'The plan also envisages a united assembly or parliament in these five areas with both Pakistan and India having joint control over it,' the official said. Interestingly, Mirwaiz, who also met the US delegation during its visit to India, asked for a direct US role in the settlement of longstanding Kashmir issue. The officials said the US Congressmen would brief the senior officials of Bush Administration on the outcome of their visits to Pakistani and Indian capitals. 'All this shows that the Bush Administration is keen to play an active role in the resolution of Kashmir issue and in the coming days we would see more engagements in this regard by the top US officials,' an official said.


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