Pakistanis responsible for water shortage: AJK president
20 May 2007
The News International
Lahore: Azad Jammu and Kashmir President Raja Zulqernain on Sunday said they had made sacrifices for the construction of Tarbela and Mangla dams: something the people of Pakistan are not ready for the Kalabagh dam. He was responding to a question about controversial Kishanganga dam during 'Meet-the-Press' programme at the press club here. He said: 'The people of Pakistan were themselves to blame for shortage of water. The shortage cannot be overcome by constructing water reservoirs in AJK alone. New dams should be built in Pakistan and people should prepare for sacrifices.' Reposing confidence in the peace talks, he demanded that Pakistan and India should take the people of AJK and held Kashmir into confidence. He said: 'There should be a timeframe for a solution of Kashmir issue.' He said: 'The international community and the UN has disappointed the Kashmiris, and they launched an armed struggle to free their land.' He said thousands of Kashmiri youths had been martyred during the ongoing freedom movement. 'Now the Kashmir conflict has become a flashpoint,' he maintained and demanded that people on both sides of Line of Control should be allowed to move freely.