India Lost Chance To Resolve Kashmir Issue: Mushahid
14 March 2008
Associated Press of Pakistan
Colombo: Chairman Senate Foreign Relations Committee Mushahid Hussain Syed Friday said India has lost a golden opportunity to resolve the Kashmir issue by showing sluggish response to the Pak-India peace dialogue initiated by President Pervez Musharraf. Addressing a seminar at Regional Institute of Strategic Studies of Sri Lanka, Mushahid said India has enhancd confrontation by sending dead body of Khalid Mahmood in response to release of Kashmir Singh. Senator Mushahid said President Pervez Musharraf submitted various proposals to India to resolve Kashmir issue, but India did not respond to these proposals in a positive way and lost the chance to resolve the Kashmir issue as Pakistanís Army was willing to resolve it through dialogue. Mushahid said India is under American pressure and due to this pressure India also voted against Iran and received nuclear technology from U.S. while Pakistan did not accept American pressure on its nuclear programme. Referring to many other events, Mushahid said, despite pressure from America, Pakistan did not send its forces to Iraq. The Chairman Senate Foreign Relations Committee said America has to change and revise its policies especially towards Muslim countries and for the Asian region. He said there is need for economic cooperation in Asia to solve the problems of the people through mutual consultation and coordination. Mushahid said Iran- Pakistan-India gas pipeline would strengthen the relations in the region and promote independency. He said Pakistan has very close ties with Sri Lanka and Pakistan always give due consideration to its relations with this country. He also appreciated the role of Sri Lanka for opposing the move of Commonwealth to suspend Pakistanís membership. Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed called on opposition leader of Sri Lanka Karma Singh and discussed matters of mutual interest.