Kashmiri Leader Backs Improvement In Indo-Pak Ties11 November 2011
London: The rulers in Pakistan are failing to show leadership to tackle the crises of terrorism, unemployment, poverty and backwardness, challenging the state apparatus and threatening to open new fissures, a prominent Kashmiri leader said here at a seminar. The United Kashmir People's National Party (UKPNP) chairman and founder Sardar Shaukat Ali Kashmiri told his supporters at the 'Indo-Pak growing relations and Kashmir issue' seminar here that the crises showed that the country needed leadership with vision, clear strategy and determination. 'Unfortunately, Pakistan's political parties and rulers are not showing any kind of seriousness to solve these issues. Either these parties are striving for power or playing in the hands of foreign forces. Pakistan should take solid steps to better their relations with rest of the world, primarily with their neighbours to end the situation of uncertainty and mistrust in the region,' said Kashmiri, noting that there is a positive change in Pakistan's foreign policy, which should be welcomed by the democratic and peace-loving forces. He said the foreign policies of the past only accentuated the problem, and the use of religion as a tool actually backfired. He demanded that Pakistan and India should announce a political package for Kashmiri people which could answer their wishes, but it should foremost keep in view the rights of Kashmiri people who have died in their thousands for the fulfilment of their demands. The secular Kashmiri leader said the policy of relying on puppets and proxies in Afghanistan should be reviewed and Pakistan must support a democratic and prospers Afghanistan. He said India had increased its influence in Afghanistan through contribution in Afghanistan's educational and communications' departments as that was the modern way of doing things. He welcomed the development of relations between India and Pakistan and said that both countries should move ahead without taking the issue of Kashmir as a hindrance. He said the trade agreements between the two countries is a positive beginning and hoped that this development will have a positive affect on the issue of Kashmir. 'The supporters of sectarianism and terrorism, who want to destroy the peace of region, should not be allowed to play the Kashmir card,' he said and added that the representatives of Kashmiri people should believe that the good relations between India and Pakistan are also in Kashmiris' interest.