Pak Government Conspiring To Divide Kashmir Permanently: JUI Leader16 March 2010
Islamabad: Criticising the present Pakistan People's Party (PPP) led government for not being able to break the deadlock over the Kashmir issue, senior Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Pakistan (JUI) leader Hafiz Hussain Ahmed has accused them of conspiring to divide the Kashmir region permanently between India and Pakistan. Speaking during a function organised by the Tehreek-e-Kashmir (United Kingdom), Ahmed said the Gilani government is conspiring to make the Line of Control (LoC) a permanent border between India and Pakistan, and giving a provincial status to Gilgit-Baltistan was the first step in this regard. He termed the special autonomy package for Gilgit-Baltistan as 'unconstitutional' and urged Kashmiri people from both sides of the border to oppose the move. Ahmed blasted Pakistani leaders of playing into the hands of international powers. He also took a swipe at former President General Pervez Musharraf, saying he took a 'u-turn' on the Kashmir issue under foreign pressure, and added that the PPP government is still following Musharraf's policies over the long pending issues. Speaking during the function, Tehreek-e- Kashmir president Mohammad Ghalib also criticised Musharraf for compromising on Pakistan's stance over the issue. 'Former military dictator Pervez Mushrraf has caused huge damage to Kashmir cause by accepting the dictation of foreign powers and compromising legitimate position of the country on this key issue,' The Nation quoted Ghalib, as saying.