Kashmiris Ready To Show Flexibility: Attique Tells Modi's Close Aide

25 June 2014
Kashmir Watch


Islamabad: Sardar Attique Ahmed Khan, president Muslim Conference and ex-premier of AJK, has warned that following withdrawal of US-NATO forces from Afghanistan another island of war could be created in Kashmir by the war-veterans of Afghanistan. In proximity with Afghanistan lies the restive Kashmir whose population is active in struggle for their self-determination right. Talking to a well-known Indian intellectual Dr Ved Pratab Vaidik who is in Islamabad these days interacting silently with political-diplomatic notables of Pakistan, Sardar Attique Khan said Kashmiris on both sides of the divide are ready to show 'flexibility' along the boulders-strewn road to Kashmir solution. Referring to his recent participation in the OIC session held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, he said that he has presented a full bunch of proposals to that world organization to break deadlock on Kashmir. His proposals include reducing the existing Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir into a soft Line of Commerce, free intra-Kashmir travels, trade and tourism of Kashmiris of both parts, EU-OIC development fund for Jammu and Kashmir, opening of all roads and rail links of the state, joint travel to Srinagar by the leaderships of Pakistan and Hindustan, allowing Kashmiri leaders of India-held parts of J&K state to travel abroad, common pool of jobs for youth in the state, allowing official transport of both sides for state entry, admissions of students of both parts in the state universities with exchange of professionals, initiating joint sports events and to create an atmosphere favorable to holding Kashmir talks. It looks illogical that on the one hand talks may go on but on the other side prominent Kashmiri leaders are put behind bars and no allowing them to travel abroad. As an example he said that this time despite an OIC invitation to attend OIC annual session at Jeddah, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Syed Ali Geelani and Asia Andrabi were not allowed by India to go to Saudi Arabia. In such conditions of arrests, detensions how one can justify the claim of democracy keeping bleeding Kashmir (India-held) in the cage of cruelty. Participating in the friendly talking event Pakistan's former career diplomat Mr Jehangir Ashraf Qazi observed that unless the track-II discussions on Kashmir are shared with the members of parliaments and peoples of each country - Pakistan and India, the system would not show a forward way. He and Sardar Attique both stressed re-consideration of Pakistan-India trade regime so that industrialists of Pakistan are not deprived of their genuine fruit of bilateral trade. Dr Ved Pratab Vaidik is considered very close to India premier Narindera Modi and claims scores of friends in Pakistan including Pakistan premier Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif. Sitting in this meeting were Kashmir Council Member Sardar Saghir Chughtai, ex-Minister Raja M Yasin Khan, Muslim Conference Youth Wing chairman Sardar Usman Ali Khan, journalist Mr Saud Sahir besides this scribe. Dr. Vaidik remained most of the time narrating political tidbits, his meetings with high-ups of Pakistan and India. Sardar Attique also held a select dinner to honor Dr Vaidik.