Musharraf's peace moves supported
7 February 2004
MUZAFFARABAD: Kashmiri politicians, intellectuals and social workers have reposed confidence in President Pervez Musharraf's leadership, supporting his stance on the Kashmir issue and measures being taken to protect the larger national interests , the speaker of the Azad Jammu and Kashmir Assembly said here on Saturday. Speaker Siab Khalid said reaffirmation of Pakistan's moral, political and diplomatic support to the Kashmiri people on the Kashmir Solidarity Day showed that the Kashmiri people were not alone in their struggle. The AJK Assembly speaker described the president's address to the joint sitting of the AJK Legislative Assembly and the AJK Council as being the reiteration of his commitment for the cause of the Kashmiri people. President Pervez Musharraf, the AJK Assembly speaker said, in his address had rightly made it amply clear that it was not possible to have confidence-building measures (CBMs) without taking up the Kashmir issue with Pakistan. The speaker said that the people should not doubt President Musharraf's actions, which he had been taking to take the country out of crisis. He said Kashmiris attached high hopes with the upcoming composite dialogue between Pakistan and India, adding it was hoped that recent peace initiatives would yield some positive results. He said a just and amicable solution to the Kashmir dispute was vital for the regional peace, adding the Kashmiri people's wishes should not be overlooked in this regard. A Kashmiri scholar Allama Jawad Jafary urged the nation to cooperate with President Musharraf besides supporting him (President Musharraf) in his 'bold and courageous' initiatives. He said; 'It is time for the whole nation to express complete solidarity and unanimity to stymie the evil designs of the enemy.' Terming the launching of the AJK TV a big achievement, the Kashmiri scholar said it was a positive step ahead for the projection of Kashmiri people's wish for their right to self- determination in its true perspective, adding it would also help promote the Kashmiri art and culture. President and senior vice- president of the Jammu Kashmir Newspapers Editors Association Abdul Hafeez Salib and Syed Riaz Bukhari, respectively, thanked President Gen Pervez Musharraf, Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali, Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Sheikh Rashid Ahmed and Federal Secretary Information and Broadcasting Syed Anwar Mehmood, for setting up an independent television channel for the people of the AJK. Meanwhile, chairman of an NGO, International Peace Organization, Syed Nazar Abbas Shah, said that President Musharraf has been taking steps for the maintenance of peace in the region.