Pak Not Taking Dictation From US On Kashmir: Musharraf
23 December 2003
The Pakistan Tribune
Islamabad: President General Pervez Musharraf has said that neither Pakistan is considering any US proposal about the solution of Kashmir's dispute nor taking any dictation in this regard. He said that government is making efforts to bring India on table for negotiations assuring that India will not be allowed to run away from the talks. This was disclosed by the Convenor of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (Azad Kashmir wing) Muhammad Farooq Rehmani while talking to 'Online' here on Tuesday. He was among those Kashmiri leaders who met with President General Pervez Musharraf yesterday. Giving details about their meeting with the Pervez Musharraf, he said that President has assured them that government is not neglecting the core issue of Kashmir adding that issue of Kashmir is government's top priority. Musharraf further said that Pakistan is with the struggle of Kashmiris and nobody can coerce Pakistan into giving up Kashmir. He said that Pakistan wants to resolve Kashmir issue according to the wishes of Kashmiri people and all those dialogues cannot be successful unless Kashmir is included as a core issue in these dialogues. President Musharraf has assured that Pakistan will not take part in such negotiations in which India will not accept the centrality of Kashmir dispute, Farooq Rehmani further told 'Online.' Rehmani said that many issues came under discussion during the meeting, which cannot be disclosed at this stage however there was unanimous point of view on this issue between the Kashmiri leadership and President General Pervez Musharraf. Convenor of the APHC (Azad Kashmir wing) said that all those misconceptions, which were created earlier, have been cleared now and General Pervez Musharraf has expressed his full support to solve the Kashmir dispute. To a query, he replied that President Musharraf has made it clear that neither America is giving any dictation to government about the solution of Kashmir nor any such proposal is under consideration. President has said that Pakistan is sticking to its stance and wants to get clear message from India about the solution of this dispute. Convenor further said that Musharraf has assured them that Kashmiri leadership will be included in the next phase of negotiations and government will not take any step against the wishes and aspirations of Kashmiri leadership.