MFN Status To India Detrimental For Kashmir Cause16 November 2011
Islamabad: Speakers at a seminar hosted by Hurriyat Conference (M) Pak Chapter on Wednesday urged the Gilani led coalition government of Pakistan to review its decision of granting Most Favoured Nation status to India. The seminar titled “Kashmiris’ freedom movement and responsibilities” was attended by the leaders hailing from both sides of the Line of Control including the Prime Minister of Pakistani administered Kashmir (PaK) Chudhary Abdul Majeed, president Sardar Yaqoob Khan, PPP-(PaK) president Khalid Ibraheem Khan, newly elected legislator Farzana Yaqoob, Sageer Chughtai of MC, JI Secretary General Mehmood ul Hassan, APHC convener Mehmood Ahmed Saghar, Ghulam Muhammad Safi, Muhammad Farooq Rehmani, Syed Yousuf Naseem, Majid Malik and others. Expressing their resentment over the PPP government’s decision, speakers said that the decision was not only harmful for Kashmir cause but it was against the Pakistan’s vital national interest. They said that the incumbent regime should revisit its wisdom and reassert its traditional policy on the issue by lending all support to Kashmiris’ ongoing peaceful struggle for right to self-determination. The PaK premier Abdul Majeed Chudhary while reiterating his party’s stance on Kashmir, said that PPP was committed to Kashmir cause. He said that he won’t betray the people of Kashmir and the Kashmiri martyrs’ mission. He made it clear that PPP would stick to Zulfikar Ali Bhutoo’s political philosophy who he said had announced to “fight a thousand year war on Kashmir with India.” Regarding the Kashmiri leaders reservations and apprehensions over the issue of granting MFN status to India Chudhary assured the selected gathering that he would take up the matter with central leadership and would accordingly convey apprehensions of Kashmiri people to the central government. Pak president Sardar Yaqoob while paying eulogizing tributes to martyrs’ of Jammu and Kashmir said that there would be no compromise on Kashmir whatsoever. Newly elected legislator Farzana Yaqoob said that there was dire need that Kashmiris on both sides of LOC should evolve a joint strategy to take their struggle to its logical conclusion. She said that the disarray among Kashmiris give wrong impression at international level. “Let us unite and form our own strategy”, she added. President PPP- (PaK) Sardar Khalid Ibraheem Khan flayed government’s decision and said that the incumbent regime was not sincere with Kashmiris’ just cause. “You talk about Kashmir, they (rulers) are not even sincere to Pakistan”, he said adding that the current ruling elite of Pakistan knows nothing about Kashmir. Convener of Hurriyat (M) Mehmood Ahmed Saghar said that there was a dire need to have broader consensus on Kashmir issue. He said that dissenting voices emanating from the base camp were a matter of concern. He said that while talking about converting LOC into a line of commerce or into an economic hub we will have no moral justification whatsoever to stop other people. He said that until yesterday we were demanding OIC to impose sanctions on India. “After granting MFN status to India, does the leadership of Kashmir or for that matter the government of Pakistan have any moral justification to ask OIC to impose economic sanctions on India”, he said adding that there were some important questions we should think upon seriously. Ghulam Muhammad Safi said that the policy of appeasement had seriously dented the Kashm cause in the past and if this policy of appeasement continued in future it would adversely affect the ongoing struggle for right to self-determination. He said that Kashmiri issue should not be viewed through the prism of territorial dispute between India and Pakistan but it should be projected as an issue of inalienable right of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. The others who spoke on the occasion included, Syed Yousuf Naseem, Mehmood-ul-Hassan, Muzafar Shah, Altaf Wani, Sageer Chugtai and others”.