January 2006 News

Bhatt Rejects United Kashmir Idea

26 January 2006
The Nation

Lahore: The APHC leader Abdul Ghani Bhatt Thursday turned down the idea of United Kashmir, saying it was not acceptable to the Kashmiris. He said this while answering questions at a special sitting held at Aiwan-i-Karkunan Tehreek-e-Pakistan under the aegis of Kashmir Action Committee. Justice (r) Dr. Javed Iqbal, Justice (r) Nazim Hasan Shah, Sardar Assef Ahmed Ali, Maj Gen (r) Rahat Latif, Air Commodore, Khurshid Anwar and Rafique Ghauri attended among others. Abdul Ghani said Kashmiris were totally averse to the proposal of United Kashmir . Talking about solution of Kashmir issue, he said it was a tedious problem but hopefully things would move in the positive direction. 'It would be resolved in few years and not in centuries, and ultimately the Kashmiris would be the winners', he observed. Citing the example of Vietnam, he said that the US despite being a big power, had to withdraw its forces from that country, and likewise, he added, India would also have to quit Kashmir one day. 'We would have to apply wisdom to fight the war of Kashmir', he averred, He said India had never accepted Pakistan from the core of its heart, as it still considered Kashmir its integral part. The Hurriyat Conference, he said, had not restricted its options to find solution to the Kashmir issue, but at the same time it was not its policy look right and left for help. Responding to a question, Mr. Bhutt said that no Kashmiri who has given his blood for the freedom movement would ever betray the Kashmiri people. Replying to a question, he said that despite the fact that two factions of the conference had adopted two different courses of struggle, their destination was the same. The Kashmiri leader appealed to both the Opposition and Government of Pakistan to adopt a unanimous stand on Kashmir, as was the case in India. He said the people of Kashmir had greater emotional attachment with Pakistan, and it was to such an extent that people here could not imagine its intensity. The Kashmiris in Srinagar celebrated the victory of Pakistan over India in a one-day match at Sharjah many years back when Javed Miandad hit the historic sixer, he substantiated his point.


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