October 1998 News

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Pakistan cannot Speak For Kashmiris, Says Shabir Shah

8th October 1998

New Delhi, Pakistan should refrain from deciding on behalf of Kashmiris as the people of Jammu and Kashmir are the final deciding factor when the question of dispensation of Kashmir comes, Shabir Shah, chief of the newly floated Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), said today. We are matured and sensible enough to speak on our behalf, Shah told PTI here commenting on Islamabad's assertion that it was negotiating on behalf of Kashimris in talks with India. He said the people of Jammu and Kashmir must have the final say on their future and Pakistan had no locus standi to negotiate on our behalf. He said Pakistan was also a party to the dispute and it could enter into a dialogue with India but should refrain from deciding on our behalf.

Referring to the statement of Pakistan Foreign secretary Shamshad Ahmed that Islamabad was in touch with leaders on both sides of Kashmir, he said, so far I have not been consulted. Shah, who was suspended from Huriyat Conference last year, said both the countries India and Pakistan should restrain themselves from waging a war Battle fields have never brought any permanent solution, he said.


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