Kashmiris Have No Objection To Declaring India As MFN: Sultan23 October 2011
Lahore: Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) former prime minister and Pakistan People’s Party’s (PPP) member Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly Barrister Sultan Mehmood, on Sunday, said that though the Kashmiris had no objection on declaring India as most favourite nation from Pakistan but wanted to resolve the core issue of Kashmir. Addressing a press conference along with other local Kashmiri leaders at Lahore Press Club, he said that they were in favour of trade and other relations of Pakistan with India and also wanted to resolve the Kashmir issue with the consent of Kashmiris who are the main stakeholders of it as the issue would not be solve without accepting them as a party in bilateral dialogues. Barrister Sultan who recently visited Indian-held Kashmir (IHK), told the media that he visited the IHK after 64-year and stayed in Sri Nagar and other places for four days and ideologically all of them were willing and dreaming to join Pakistan. On the issue of former president general Pervez Musharraf’s four-point formula for the solution of Kashmir dispute, he said that only two points of this formula, one of free border and second of establishment of a joint Chamber of Commerce of Kashmir were able to be implemented. He told the media that he had made a meeting with IHK Chief Minister Umar Abdullah during his visit but did not accept his offer to be a state guest. He said Kashmiris had not accepted such elections there held by Indian government as these were faked and rigged. PPP leader also demanded the Punjab government that it should also avoid to do any rigging at the AJK assembly’s Lahore seat LA-37 which were scheduled on Oct 30, as it would leave a bad impression on the Kashmiris who were criticising Indian government for using such tricks to suppress Kashmiris through some fake elections under the supervision of Indian army so Shahbaz Sharif government should make Lahore election more transparent. Answering a query, he said that no one offered him for premiership of AJK when he re-joined PPP and he was the only person had no ministry in Kashmir while all other 23 elected members of the party had become prime minister or minister in the House. He said he was happy with his responsibilities in the party as an election campaign in-charge and wanted to serve on it as it was more respectable and honourable job for him. Party’s Kashmiri candidate for LA-37 Ghulam Mohaiyyuddin Diwan was also present on the occasion. Later, he also joined a public meeting in the constituency LA-37 for election campaign in favour of PPP candidate and addressed the gathering.