Pak Proposals On Kashmir Viable, Says AJK PM
19 August 2006
The News International
Muzaffarabad: Prime Minister Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Sardar Atiq Ahmad Khan has said demilitarisation and self-rule in Kashmir, as suggested by President Pervez Musharraf, are practicable proposals and also in line with the ideology of Kashmirís accession to Pakistan. These proposals are part of a political solution, which would bring a safe future for Kashmiris across the Line of Control (LoC),î he said while talking to a group of journalists at a dinner he hosted at the Kashmir House here. The idea of making the LoC irrelevant was decades old, he said, pointing out that Mujahid-e-Awwal Sardar Abdul Qayyum Khan had crossed the LoC in 1959 in response to a call by Kashmiri leader Ghulam Abbas. Sardar Atiq was of the view that the Indian establishment was reluctant to carry on the peace process and the recent firing incident across the LoC was reflective of their intent. He said the reconstruction process in quake-hit areas of the AJK would bring a multi-dimensional revolution in the lives of Kashmiris. 'Billions are to be spent in the affected areas, which would bring positive revolution in the lives, concepts and ideas of the Kashmiris,' he added.