India not serious about resolving Kashmir dispute: Barrister Sultan

20 May 2008
The Daily Times


Islamabad: India is not serious about resolving the Kashmir issue and is just passing time in dialogue, Barrister Sultan Mehmood Chaudhry, former prime minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), said on Tuesday “Instead of preparing a congenial atmosphere to encourage the process of dialogue, India has deployed extra forces on the Line of Control (LOC) and in Indian-held Kashmir, and accusing Pakistan of violating the ceasefire ahead of ministerial level talks,” he told reporters at his residence here. He said India had never been serious in resolving the Kashmir dispute and had agreed on dialogue only because of pressure from the international community, especially the US and the European Union. “India did not take the pressure like General Pervez Musharraf who gave unilateral concessions to the Indians on the Kashmir issue,” he added. He was of the view that keeping the Kashmiri leadership out of the dialogue process was creating doubts in their minds that India and Pakistan had already agreed on the division of Kashmir as claimed by former Pakistani Foreign minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri. “Our demand is very logical and democratic. We want solution of Kashmir through plebiscite. We also want the Kashmir issue discussed in the parliament of Pakistan to evolve a policy of national consensus,” he added.