Attique For Expanding Cross-LoC Cooperation

Attique For Expanding Cross-LoC Cooperation

5 February 2014
Greater Kashmir


Islamabad: Jammu & Kashmir Muslim Conference (MC) President Sardar Attique Ahmed Khan has called for expanding cross-LoC cooperation by visits of the heads of Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) and J&K administrations and opening of the entire Line of Control (LoC) for free travel, trade and tourism. He also urged Pakistan and India to initiate serious dialogue to resolve Kashmir issue. Attique said he was worried about the possible influx of militants from Afghanistan into Kashmir if Pakistan and India failed to start result-oriented talks before the end of 2014. “It is high time the two countries initiate meaningful dialogue as there are apprehensions that informal fighters may move towards the mountains of Kashmir after withdrawal of the bulk of foreign troops from Afghanistan by December 2014. However, it is also necessary that the Kashmiris are involved in the dialogue process,” Attique said in an interview to Pakistani daily The Express Tribune. Attique twice served as the prime minister of Pakistan administered Kashmir. “The withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan will definitely encourage informal fighters who might consider it essential to continue their activities in an old war theatre such as Kashmir,” Attique said. He also suggested a number of measures that could broaden the scope of understanding among the Kashmiris from both sides – PaK and J&K – to facilitate ‘securing the right to self-determination’. The former AJK premier also suggested formation of a joint Kashmir self-determination forum, inter-Kashmir visits by the heads of Muzaffarabad and Srinagar administrations and opening of the entire Line of Control for free travel, trade and tourism. “Security issues in South Asia must be addressed by the political leadership of the whole region,” he said while floating the idea of a dialogue among the military leaderships of both South Asian countries simultaneously alongside their political leadership.