May 2006 News

Fazl Demands Kashmir Solution

17 May 2006
The News International

New Delhi: Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman, Secretary General Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) and chief of JUI-F has demanded solution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with the wishes of the Kashmiris. Talking to reporters, Fazl, who is visiting India as head of the 5- member parliamentary delegation of the MMA, termed the unresolved Kashmir issue as the root cause of tension between India and Pakistan.He made it clear that the confidence building measures (CBMs) would not strengthen the peace process, if the Kashmir issue remained unresolved. The MMA leader expressed dissatisfaction over the pace of India-Pakistan peace process and asked New Delhi to respond to Pakistan's proposals on self-governance in Jammu and Kashmir. 'If there are some problems with the Pakistani proposal, they have to be pointed out. You have to say how much is acceptable and what is not. Remaining silent does not help,' he said. He stressed that satisfaction of the people of Kashmir was essential in any solution. Fazl flayed threats to kill Indian nationals in Afghanistan. He said people engaged in reconstruction and developmental works in war-ravaged Afghanistan should not be harmed. The MMA leader, however, heaped praise on Taliban saying they had set an 'example of good governance' during their six-year rule in Afghanistan but the militia was wrongly perceived as those who love bloodshed.


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