September 2006 News

Musharraf's Proposal On Kashmir Not Against UN Resolution: Qayyum

26 September 2006
The Nation

Rawalpindi: Supreme Commander of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference Sardar Abdul Qayyum Khan said that the recent proposal of 'out of the box' solution of Kashmir dispute given by President Gen. Pervez Musharraf was neither against the self-determination of Kashmiris nor in clash with the UN resolution on the dispute. Talking to The Nation here on Tuesday Sardar Abdul Qayyum Khan, who also served as President and Prime Minister of AJK, said that the permanent solution to the long- standing dispute between two nuclear neighbours would be carved out once all the stakeholders would sit together and hammer out the differences. He further said that he had always supported the proposals of President Pervez Musharraf which he had given from time to time including dividing the Kashmir valley into regions, demilitarisation of troubled areas, self-governance and joint mechanism to handle the situation.President Musharraf had floated these proposals after scientifically analysing the ground realities and it was the only way to bring the diverging forces closer, Sardar Qayyum added. AJK veteran leader said that till the time some new proposals for the solution of Kashmir dispute did not come up India was compelled to talk on the options given by President Gen. Pervez Musharraf.And these negotiations would finally lead to the permanent solution to the dispute, he added. Sardar Abdul Qayyum Khan termed the recently held meeting between President Gen. Pervez Musharraf and Indian Premier Manmohan Singh in Vienna as a positive move and hoped that the meeting between the two leaders would put the derailed talks on Kashmir dispute back on track. To a question Sardar Abdul Qayyum Khan said that the last time the negotiations between the two states were suspended due to India whereas Government of Pakistan went extra mile in confidence building measures and showing flexibility on the issue. Sardar Qayyum Khan was of the view that with the consolidation of confidence building measures and softening up of Line of Control the militancy would automatically subside and pave the way for negotiated settlement of the dispute. He, however, stressed the need of fixing time-frame for the negotiations as this step would impose some sort of obligation on all the stakeholders to reach at mutually acceptable solution within certain period of time.


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