4th October 1997
LONDON: A German parliamentary group has accused Pakistan of being the main fomenter of trouble in Kashmir, Afghanistan, and other Muslim-dominated provinces of China and central Asia.
At the just-concluded session of the Organisation of Security Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) held in Tashkent, the German delegation warned that the Pakistani armed forces, already involved in Afghanistan, were preparing for a "similar intervention in Kashmir".
Willy Wimmer, German MP and Vice President of the General Assembly of OSCE said. " Pakistan is becoming a gateway for Muslim fundamentalist mercenaries, who are being sucked into the Kashmir and Afghan problems in the name of fighting against India.'
Arming and use of fundamentalist Islamic forces to exploit economic benefits of central Asia was turning out to be the "biggest destabilising factor of the whole region", the Assembly said.
In a faxed statement on the Tashkent deliberations, Wimmer charged that the Pakistani Army was fighting 'an inexplicable war on conflict-ridden Afghan territory" and said there was no other reason to explain the death of Pakistani generals in the war around Afghan capital Kabul.
The MP said that Pakistan was aiming to make Afghanistan as a "surrogate state through open armed support to Taliban and suggested a "Dayton type of international intervention in the area".
Wimmer said Pakistani Army troops, backed by the Royal Saudi Government, should be forced to vacate Afghanistan if total annihilation of minorities like Uzbeks, Hazras and Tajiks was to be averted. The German MP advocated following the Bosnian formula for solving the Afghan crises implying permanent division of Afghanistan into two parts-- North and South for the Pashtu speaking people and for the ethnic Afghani minorities.
The European Assembly which held long sessions with rebel Afghan leaders like General Ahmed Shah Masood and Uzbek-General Abdul Malik was told that Pakistani parents had come to visit their children taken prisoners of war in Panjshir valley held by northern forces.