Shabir for Pak visit to India before Saarc meet
1 November 2002
The Asian Age
New Delhi: Senior separatist Kashmiri leader Shabir Shah has asked the Central government to allow the Pakistani Kashmir Committee to visit India ahead of the Saarc summit in Islamabad as a 'goodwill gesture to break the deadlock' over the Kashmir issue. Mr Shah, who met Kashmir Committee chairman Ram Jethmalani here, asked him to bring 'concrete proposals' with regard to the resolution of the Kashmir issue. 'The Government should allow Pakistani Kashmir Committee to visit Delhi as a goodwill gesture before the Saarc summit in Islamabad in January,' the Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party president said. 'There is no other alternative to holding of trilateral talks involving India, Pakistan and the people of Kashmir to resolve the Kashmir issue,' Mr Shah said, adding 'some day all three parties have to sit on a negotiating table and it is better if it happens soon.' Mr Shabir Shah said besides meeting Mr Jethmalani, he had held talks with PKC leader Sardar Abdul Qayoom to discuss possibilities of resolving the problem 'because of which a danger lurks over the entire sub-continent.'