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Musharraf rakes up Kashmir violence

In an apparent bid to divert attention away from the impeachment threat looming over him, Pervez Musharraf on condemns the "human rights violations" in Jammu and Kashmir.

world Updated: Aug 14, 2008 01:11 IST

In an apparent bid to divert attention away from the impeachment threat looming over him, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf on Wednesday night condemned the "human rights violations" in Jammu and Kashmir.

In an address to the nation during the "Azadi Show" event at the Presidency in Islamabad on the eve of Pakistan's independence day, Musharraf raked up the issue of the ongoing violence in Jammu and Kashmir that claimed several lives, whom he described as "martyrs".

"Every Pakistani is with our brothers and sisters in Srinagar. Kashmir beats in the heart of every Pakistani," Musharraf said.

Condemning "human rights violations" in Jammu and Kashmir, he said the recent violence over Amarnath land row also claimed the life of Hurriyat leader Sheikh Abdul Aziz.

Mushrraf's comments seemed to be an apparent attempt to divert attention of his countrymen from the impeachment threat he was facing in Parliament.

The PPP-led ruling coalition has plans to submit a "chargesheet" against the former military ruler in Parliament next week, accusing him of misconduct, violation of constitution and financial irregularities.