Pak leaders vow to continue pro-active Kashmir policy
6 December 2002
The Hindustan Times
KJM Varma (PTI)
Islamabad: In the midst of rising tensions with India over the issue of cross- border terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf, Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali and leaders of Pak-based terrorist groups have vowed to continue with their pro- active Kashmir policy. In his message on Eid-ul-Fitar, President Pervez Musharraf has said that he prayed for the success of the ''Kashmiri freedom movement'' and reiterated his government''s resolve to continue providing all possible political, moral and diplomatic support to Kashmiris. He said that Pakistan would persist this policy until a fair settlement of the Kashmir issue was reached in accordance with the wishes of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. ''As we celebrate Eid, we remember with respect and gratitude all those who have laid down their lives in the epic struggle (in Kashmir)'', he said. In a similar message, Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali praised Kashmiris for their ''valiant'' struggle and asked India ''to resume a purposeful dialogue with Pakistan for the resolution of the Kashmir crisis''. ''For more than half a century, our Kashmiri brothers and sisters have been engaged in a courageous and legitimate struggle for freedom,'' he said. He said Pakistan was a ''recognised'' party to the Kashmir dispute and had moral and legal obligations to the people of Jammu and Kashmir. Jamali said India should end its ''human rights violations'' and allow the Hurriyat leadership to freely engage in political activity, as well as to travel. In his message, leader of the Pakistan based terrorist group, Hizbul Mujahideen, Saeed Salahuddin targeted the new government in Jammu and Kashmir and Ram Jethmalani''s Kashmir Committee for attempting to damage the Mujahideen groups, particularly the Hizbul Mujahideen.