Fazlur Rahman for resolution of Kashmir through dialogue
23 April 2007
Indo-Asian News Service
New Delhi: Pakistan's hardline politician and chief opposition leader Maulana Fazlur Rahman Monday favoured a resolution of the Kashmir issue through dialogue and urged India and Pakistan to cooperate to create a strong region. 'The Kashmir issue should be resolved through dialogue and negotiations. It's in the interest of the entire region,' Rahman said at a seminar organised at Vigyan Bhavan in memory of Muslim leader Maulana Asad Madani, who died last year. 'Power balance in the region has become disturbed due to interference by an external power,' Rahman said in a subtle dig at the US policies towards Afghanistan and Pakistan. 'The region should become strong again. Developing countries should assert themselves,' said Rahman, who is known for his pro-Taliban sympathies and virulent anti-US rhetoric.Rahman, chief of the opposition alliance Muttaheda Majlis-e-Amal (MMA), arrived on a five-day visit to India Sunday through the Wagah border. Rahman, who heads Jamiat-ul-Ulema-e- Islam, has been pushing for peace with India, especially since the 9-11 attacks. He is likely to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee. But the meetings have not been confirmed yet, Mehmood Madani, son of Asad Madani, told IANS Monday. Rahman is also likely to discuss the Jamiat plan to commemorate 150 years of the 1857 revolt against the British rule, considered by some historians as the first war of independence.