AJK PM asks APHC not to hold direct talks with India
24 November 2003
The News International
KOTLI: Azad Jammu and Kashmir Prime Minister Sardar Sikandar Hayat Khan on Monday said the Kashmir issue could be resolved through tripartite dialogue and the APHC (Ansari group) should refrain from holding the unconditional and direct talks with India.Addressing the relief cheques distribution ceremony among the inhabitants of the Line of Control (LoC) areas here, he emphasised the need for unity among APHC ranks and said Pakistan was an important party to the Jammu Kashmir dispute and no positive results of the talks on Kashmir could bear fruit without Pakistan's participation.The AJK premier urged the APHC leadership to maintain complete unity, solidarity and harmony in their ranks at this critical juncture and continue the struggle to foil all malicious attempts to harm Kashmiris' struggle for liberation from Indian subjugation. Sikandar was confident that like in the past Hurriyat Conference would frustrate the conspiracies of India to create rift in the APHC ranks.The AJK premier welcomed Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali's truce offer to India and hoped that India would positively respond to the proposals, which would accelerate the pace of progress in the region. He also appreciated President Pervez Musharraf's Kashmir policy.He said the people of the LoC areas were the defence line of Pakistan and rendering their exemplary sacrifices for the noble cause of freedom. He said India has launched an undeclared war in LoC areas and targeting innocent population, adding the world community should exert pressure on India to halt shelling the LoC.He said the AJK government was giving full attention to the LoC areas and providing basic amenities at the doorsteps of the people. He criticised the PPPAK and alleged that during its previous five-year tenure the government had caused huge losses to the national exchequer. He said AJK government besides increasing 15 per cent salaries of government employees it also sanctioned Rs 1,000 as special allowance to AJK police force.AJK Minister Malik Nawaz, Sardar Farooq Sikandar and Kotli Deputy Commissioner Munir Chaudhry also spoke.