PPP has failed to highlight Kashmir issue: Sultan, Nazir

9 August 2009
The Daily Times


Staff Report ISLAMABAD: Former AJK prime minister Barrister Sultan Mehmood Chaudhry and British parliamentarian Lord Nazir Ahmed Sunday stressed the need for highlighting the Kashmir issue at the international forums in a forceful way. Addressing a joint news conference at the residence of Barrister Sultan Mehmood here, they said some elements wanted to sideline the Kashmir issue and emphasized the need to highlight the issue in a forceful way before the international community. After Musharraf’s exit, they said, the Kashmiris expected that the incumbent Pakistani government would highlight the Kashmir issue but it did nothing. They said there was need to highlight the issue in a forceful way to foil the international conspiracies. Both the Kashmiri leaders said that they had told the international community that there could not be peace in South Asia unless the Kashmir issue was resolved. They welcomed the resumption of Indo-Pak dialogue and called for inclusion of Kashmiris in the process, as they were the real party to the dispute. They urged the international community to take notice of human rights violations in the Indian Held Kashmir. Barrister Sultan Mehmood Chaudhry said that during his recent visit to Britain, he had met with British MPs and ministers and urged them to play their role in resolving the Kashmir issue. Lord Nazir Ahmed said that PML-N Quaid Muhammad Nawaz Sharif would visit Mirpur in the first week of October to address a big public meeting. Nazir said he was proud of being a Pakistani. He further said that he could not keep himself indifferent from the current situation of Pakistan. Nazir said that he was trying to file a case against Pervez Musharraf in Britain and asked him to go back to Pakistan to face the trial for mutiny, unconstitutional steps and human rights violations.