Gul Terms Pak-India Dialogue Eyewash
31 January 2005
The Pakistan Tribune
Islamabad: The ongoing Pak-India talks on Kashmir is a mere deception and the longstanding conflict will continue to hinder peace and stability in South Asia unless UN Security Council resolutions on Kashmir are implemented, said Gen (Retd) Hameed Gul, former Inter-Services Intelligence chief. 'It was better if Pakistan had pursued path of confrontation than practising futile exercise of dialogue with India on Kashmir', Gen Hameed told a Kashmir conference organized by Jammu and Kashmir Human Rights Commission here on Monday. He was of the view that Pakistan should seek US cooperation in Kashmir settlement for its (Pakistan) key role in the US-led war on terrorism. Liberation from Indian clutches is inalienable right of Kashmiris and 'it is not mere a territorial dispute'. Demanding constitution of Liberation Council in peace areas of Kashmir, he also called for reservation of new seats for Indian Kashmiris in Azad Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly. He urged Pakistan to end its 'unwarranted control' over Azad Jammu and Kashmir. Kashmiris should be recruited 10 Corps before giving it in the complete control of Azad Kashmir government, he said. Also, he said Kashmiri representatives should be given appropriate representation in delegations going abroad for highlighting Kashmir cause. He said a referendum should be held across the Kashmir territory to ascertain whether or not Kashmiris supported UN Security Council resolutions. Agha Shahi, former foreign secretary, said India was unwilling to be flexible on its stated position on Kashmir conflict ever since Pak- India dialogue started and therefore, Pakistan should also stick to its 'principled standpoint' during talks. He said inclusion of Kashmiris was imperative to facilitate dialogue process. Farooq Rehmani, the convener of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (AJK chapter), said talks would bear no fruit unless Indian forces stopped their atrocities and brutalities against innocent Kashmiris fighting for their freedom. He called for international community's intervention for Kashmir solution. Senator Enver Beg of Pakistan People's Party, Abdul Jaleel Naqvi of Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal, and Yousaf Naseem and other Kashmiris leader spoke on the occasion.