May 2001 News

Kashmir issue slipping into foreign mercenaries hands

27 May 2001
The Times of India

NEW DELHI: A senior leader from Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) Mumtaz Khan has said that the Kashmir issue was slipping into the hands of foreign mercenaries and the movement launched in early 90s had turned into a "war of religious hatred". In a statement, Khan said "now future of Kashmir is being determined by fundamentalist groups like Jamaat-e- Islami, Jaish-e-Mohammed and Lashker-e-Taiba, leaving Kashmiris isolated." He said that the Hurriyat Conference leaders had also accepted government security for protection from Pakistani militants "which, however, they do not acknowledge due to fear." Criticising Pakistani rulers, Khan, presently settled in Canada, said "Pakistan has never been sincere despite several attempts by India to bridge the gap." Recalling the visit of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to Lahore, Khan said "the Pakistani military brass felt it a disgrace to accompany their prime minister (Nawaz Sharif) to receive the visiting dignatory, which could be seen as enough of an indication that Pakistani army was superior to the elected representatives." Expressing doubts over the Pakistani military regime, Khan said "there is no hope of harmony until Pakistan is confident enough in its own right to stop looking to India for self- justifications." He said that it was high time all Pakistanis understand that the Army had been using Kashmir extensively for remaining at the helm of affairs. (PTI)   

 

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