Hardliners criticise Pakistan Govt for sidelining J&K issue
They have warned that prolonging the imbroglio could lead to another conflict between the two nations.Updated: Jan 06, 2004 12:26 IST
Hard-line Pakistani leaders and Kashmiri terrorists have hit out at the Government in Islamabad for pushing the "core" issue of Kashmir to the "sidelines" and warned that prolonging the imbroglio could lead to another conflict between the two countries.
Though there was a broad welcome of the meeting between Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and President Pervez Musharraf, the hardliners underlined the need for inclusion of Kashmiris in the dialogue process.
Former Prime Minister of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) Sardar Qayyum said that sidelining Kashmir or making cultural agreements could not reduce tension between India and Pakistan and warned that if was not addressed and resolved quickly, the situation could result in an Indo-Pak war.
Qayyum also said that the Line of Control (LoC) could not be accepted as permanent border.
"Unnecessary hopes were being attached to the SAARC summit and one should not ignore ground realities," he said in an interview to Urdu daily NawaiWaqt.
Hizbul Mujahideen chief and chairman of the Muttahida Jehad Council Syed Salahuddin hit out at the SAARC forum, saying that it had been ignoring ground realities and making attempts to create "unrealistic conducive atmosphere through cosmetic measures."
First Published: Jan 06, 2004 12:26 IST