January 2004 News

Halt To LoC Fencing A Required CBM, Argues Anwar

25 January 2004
The Pakistan Tribune

Islamabad: AJK president Maj. Gen. (Retd) Sardar Muhammad Anwar Khan has urged India to go for a big CBM (Confidence Building Measure) by halting fencing along Line of Control (LoC) and culminating brutalities against Kashmiris in held Kashmir. Kashmiri people, he said, must not pin lofty hopes on the forthcoming Pakistan-India talks, as situation will be clear only when a roadmap of Kashmir will see the limelight. There has never been an encouraging tradition in the history of subcontinent vis--vis dialogue process between the two states. 'Chances of turning the dialogue into a breakthrough on the issue would remain bleak unless the international powers evinced interest in the peace and stability in the region', he said. The AJK president, who was talking to various delegations at Kashmir House here, said the UN resolutions on Kashmir can not be set aside. They (resolutions), he said, are still valid and plebiscite is possible in the present circumstances too. Sardar Anwar said, in case the parleys collapse, 'then too, validity of UN resolutions is very much there' . 'Pakistan-India dialogue does not mean withdrawal of stance from the implementation of resolutions, but this is only a way to find peaceful settlement of longstanding dispute while staying within its purview', he said. The AJK president posed full confidence in the Kashmir policy of Pakistan government . 'Kashmiris are satisfied at the way President (General) Pervez Musharraf raised the issue at international level', he said . He expressed the hope that Kashmiris would remain in complete unity within their ranks on this critical time of juncture otherwise 'India will try to cash in on the rifts, thus, damaging Kashmiri struggle incalculably' .


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