Musharraf weakening Kashmir stance
5 February 2006
The Daily Times
Peshawar: General Pervez Musharraf has weakened Pakistan’s principled stand on Kashmir by initiating ‘confidence-building-measures’ (CBM) with India which has shown no flexibility on its stance, said Qazi Hussain Ahmed, the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) president. “India is deceiving the world on the Kashmir issue,” Qazi told a news conference on Sunday. He said that the only solution to the Kashmir dispute was holding a plebiscite under the UN resolutions, adding that Pakistan and the Muslim world should pressurise India into giving this fundamental right to the Kashmiri people. He said that the MMA would contact the Alliance for the Restoration of Democracy (ARD) leaders after Muharram to launch a country-wide protest against US intervention in Pakistan’s affairs, the deployment of foreign troops in the country, the military operation in Balochistan and the government’s flawed policy on Kashmir. “Neither the Pakistanis nor the Kashmiris will accept decisions that are against the wishes of the Kashmiris,” he said. He said that after the Kashmiri people launched the struggle for independence in 1990, the Jamaat-e-Islami announced February 5 Kashmir Solidarity Day, which was later recognised by the government. He asked the nation to unite and provide political, diplomatic and moral support to the Kashmiri people in their struggle for independence. He said that the Kashmiri people were united under the leadership of Syed Ali Geelani, adding that conspiracies were being hatched to weaken his leadership. Referring to Hamas’ victory in Palestine elections, the MMA leader said the entire Muslim world, including Pakistan, should recognise Hamas government in Palestine.