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Musharaff trying to unhinge Delhi into consolidation

kashmiri pandits rejects the 'flexible' attitude of Musharaff on the resolution of Kashmir issue, reports Faisul Yaseen.

india Updated: Dec 07, 2006 20:53 IST

Pakistan President Parvez Musharaff may have won fans in abundance with his articulation and 'flexible' attitude on the resolution of Kashmir issue but there are no takers for him among the displaced Kashmiri Pandit community.

Ajay Chrungoo, president 'Panun Kashmir', a frontal organisation of the displaced Kashmiri Pandits, believes Musharaff is trying to unhinge New Delhi into consolidation.

"Pakistan is succeeding in it and India is doing nothing against it," Chrungoo told Hindustan Times in an exclusive interview.

He smells fish from the "perceived changed approach" in Musharaff and opines that Musharaff's suggestions are not sincere but aimed at creating an impression to the international community that Islamabad is offering concessions to India, to which New Delhi is not responding.

"Islamabad's stand on Kashmir issue has remained same since 1990. The only difference is that the language and articulation have kept changing," he said.

Chrungoo believes New Delhi should contest what Musharaff has been saying lately. "He (Musharaff) has dished out the idea of division of the state into seven regions and self-governance. There is nothing new in these suggestions. This is only aimed at changing the global perception, which remains too preoccupied with Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine and other conflicts world over.

"We (India) should articulate our stand instead of acting mute and provide historical fact sheet of the Kashmir issue," the KP leader said.

Chrungoo believes that by creating an impression of a flexible leader for himself, Musharaff is trying to gain a territorial foothold for Pakistan on Kashmir. "The Pakistan President is trying to creating an impression that a Muslim majority state cannot exist in a secular India," he said urging the Indian think-tank and leaders to swat at Musharaff's propaganda.

For the Pandit community shedding the image of Musharaff from a 'villain of Kargil War' seems difficult.

Kashmiri Pandits had fled the valley in early nineties after terrorism broke out in Kashmir. A number of Kashmiri Pandit leaders and other community members were killed within a short span creating fear psychosis among the community members who choose leaving for safer destination instead of being at the receiving end of the clatter of guns.

Email Faisul Yaseen: faisulyaseen@gmail.com