‘All Except Geelani Supported K-deal’

25 May 2009
Greater Kashmir

Lahore: Former Pakistan foreign minister, Khursheed Mehmood Kasuri, has said India and Pakistan had reached an agreement on Kashmir in 2006 and the Kashmir leadership had also supported the deal, except Syed Ali Geelani. “We agreed on how to define Kashmir units on both sides, the de-militarization of borders, and formation of a mechanism that included Pakistan, India and Kashmiris. All Kashmiri leadership was with us on this issue, except Syed Ali Geelani,” Kasuri said in an interview with Najam Sethi on Dunya News. Kasuri said the dialogue stopped because of elections in five states of India, and then because of the judiciary issue in Pakistan. The former minister said the peace process between India and Pakistan may resume in next six months. He said he had played a vital role in improving ties between Pakistan and India. “(Former secretary) Riaz Khan and I were involved through back channel in the dialogue between the two countries,” Kasuri said. Kasuri said it was commonly believed that the ISI played a role in making policy of the Foreign Office, but that he would never defend an ISI made policy.