June 2001 News

China against third option on Kashmir, says Qazi

30 June 2001
The Dawn
Our Correspondent

MULTAN: Pakistan should not open trade with India till the resolution of Kashmir issue, said Qazi Husain Ahmad here on Saturday. "It will be a unilateral trade as Pakistan is only a consumer and it is not in a position to get any benefit by exporting its goods to India," he said while talking to reporters at the residence of Khurshid Kanju. The Jamaat-i-Islami amir said Pakistan should not sign any agreement with India at the cost of friendly ties with China. He warned that third option on Kashmir was not acceptable to China because it was a threat to its security and stability. He hoped that Gen Pervez Musharraf would not deviate from the basic stand of Pakistan otherwise he would have to face problems. Qazi said his party would plan its strategy in 15 days as "we are watching the situation."


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