February 2007 News

Opposition rejects Musharraf’s proposals: Kashmir Day rallies

5 February 2007
The Dawn

Lahore: Major opposition parties said on Monday they would not allow any 'back door’ solution to the Kashmir dispute. Addressing Kashmir Day rallies in the city, the leadership of MMA, PML-N and PPP vehemently criticised the government policy on Kashmir. Addressing a rally at Masjid-i-Shuhada, MMA leaders Liaquat Baloch and Hafiz Salman Butt said the government policies had caused a big blow to the Kashmir dispute. They particularly targeted Gen Musharraf’s four-point proposal on dividing the disputed territory in four zones and giving Kashmir self-governance, saying the suggestions were part of the foreign powers’ solution, in deviation from the UN resolutions. They said the alliance would remain intact and achieve its goal of removing dictators from power through a movement which would be launched with the help of people. They said the rulers had not remained confined to the alien agenda to Kashmir but also extended it to Palestine. They referred to the recent visit of Gen Musharraf to Middle East, and alleged it had been undertaken in fulfillment and furtherance of the scheme designed by Washington. They said the third option on Kashmir and the four-point proposal by Gen Musharraf were not acceptable. Participants in the MMA rally, which started from Nasser Bagh, were carrying placards and posters and raising slogans. Maulana Mohammad Amjad, Pir Ejaz Hashmi, Qari Zawwar Bahadur, Chaudhry Shaukat Ali, Tehrik-i-Insaaf Punjab president Ahsan Bashir and Lahore High Court Bar Association’s former president Hafiz Abdur Rahman Ansari also spoke. PML-N Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif said he would return to Pakistan before the general elections. In a telephonic address to a meeting, the former prime minister rejected the four-point proposal and said that the rulers had done a great harm the Kashmir cause by removing the issue from the purview of the National Assembly’s Kashmir Committee. Speaking on the occasion, party leader Raja Mohammad Zafarul Haq said that when the Sharif government was about to resolve the Kashmir dispute, the Kargil scene was enacted. Punjab PML-N president Sirdar Zulfiquar Ali Khosa said that the country was passing through a 'critical phase’. PPP Participants of a seminar organized by the party said after returning to power the PPP would suspend all decisions taken by the present rulers on Kashmir. They urged the government to discuss the Kashmir proposals in parliament. Those who addressed the seminar included Qasim Zia, Chaudhry Ghulam Abbas, Haji Azizur Rehman Chan and Naveed Chaudhry of the PPP and other leadership. JUP At a ceremony, Jamiat Ulema-i-Pakistan leaders Qari Zawwar Bahadur, Punjab president Mufti Hidayatullah, Malik Bashir Nizami and others said there would be no compromise on Pakistan’s jugular vein. They said the Musharraf government wanted to bury the important issue under the debris of his four-point proposal. DISTRICT COUNCIL Member of the Lahore District Council marched from the Town Hall to the Kim’s gun as a token of solidarity with the people of Kashmir. The march was organised after a ceremony which was addressed, among others, by acting district nazim Idrees Hanif, Kashmiri leader Prof Ashraf Saraf, Aziz Bhatti Town nazim Chaudhry Muhammad Ashraf, Sohail Butt and Munir Masih.


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