December 2007 News

Hijbul chief rejects Musharraf's four-point formula on J-K

17 December 2007

Srinagar: Rejecting Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf's four-point formula on Kashmir, Hizbul Mujahideen supremo Syed Salahuddin has shown readiness to support the 'Irish-type solution' for the state provided India accepts it as a disputed territory. 'Mujahideen leadership is ready to support the Irish-type solution for Kashmir provided India accepts Kashmir as a disputed territory', he said. 'The Irish model would be a first step to resolve the 60-year-old Kashmir problem in a phased manner', Salahuddin, who also heads PoK based United Jehad Council, told a local agency Current News Service (CNS) in a telephonic interview. The Northern Ireland, which is a part of the United Kingdom, has its own form of devolved government. It's legal system is also separate from the jurisdiction of England, Wales or Scotland. Rejecting Musharraf's four-point formula on Kashmir, which included demilitarisation, self-rule, soft borders and joint management of natural resources of Indian and Pakistani Kashmirs, Salahuddin said it has created 'doubts' in the minds of Kashmiris. 'The real meaning of the formula has not been explained so far', he said. Stating that different parties were portraying the idea, supported by Hurriyat Conference, in different ways, Salahuddin said 'Mehbooba Mufti (PDP president) portrays it for her own interests while others do it for their own'. The Hijbul chief also rejected elections as a solution to the issue. 'Polls held under Indian constitution is not a solution to the problem and those who participate in such an exercise were betraying the blood of thousands of martyrs who sacrificed their lives for freedom movement', he said. Salahuddin said the United Nations resolution is the only solution to Kashmir problem. Terming the ongoing peace process between India and Pakistan as a 'futile exercise', the Hijbul chief said that the breakthrough which Musharraf had expected from dialogue with India has not been achieved.


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