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Wali Khan Opposes Mediation on Jammu and Kashmir

1st August 1998

ISLAMABAD- Veteran Pukhtoon leader Khan Abdul Wali Khan has opposed Pakistan's demand for third-party mediation on Kashmir issue with India saying Islamabad is bound under the Shimla agreement to settle disputes bilaterally. "The Shimla accord had been approved by Pakistan's parliament. Until new agreement is reached, Pakistan is obliged to settle issues in the light of the Shimla accord," Mr Khan said in an interview with Pakistan's private news agency NNI.

He said during the Partition, the Congress was of the opinion that the people of states should decide either to accede to Pakistan or India. However, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto's father Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto, who was working with the then Nawab of Junagarh, got his (Nawab's) signature for accession to Pakistan. Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah approved the accession as the then governor general, he said. However, Mr Khan said the people of Junagarh revolted against the decision and announced accession to India.

"Now the question is whether or not Pakistan can claim of a strong case with respect to Kashmir after Quaid-e-Azam approved Nawab of Junagarh's decision because Maharaja of Kashmir had also announced accession to India," he added. Mr Khan said, "Creation of Pakistan was not partition of India but it was in fact division of Muslims. This practice is still continuing and Allah knows what will be its end result."

He was of the opinion that the creation of Pakistan was an"unnatural practice." British had done this for "ulterior motives"to contain the erstwhile Soviet Union, he added. When socialist revolution took place in Afghanistan and Russian troops reached there, the British proposed to the Americans to strengthen Pakistan so that it could counter the then Soviet Union, Mr Khan said.

The United States, he added, then started showering blessing on Pakistan. The American and British were of the opinion to use Islam to counter the former Soviet Union, he said, adding when the Soviet Union withdrew troops from Afghanistan, the Americans left Pakistan in lurch after threat from the Soviet Union no more existed. "For the first time in its 50-year history, Pakistan is struggling for its survival. Neither Americans nor British will now come to save Pakistan," Mr Khan said. Pakistan, he added, has no foreign policy. "The United States formulates policies of its interests and sends the same to us and our rulers follow it."

Mr Khan said there was no enmity between the then Soviet Union and Pakistan but "our rulers and champions of Islam killed Pukhtoons for the interests of the Americans."


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