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'Musharaf a dictator and an aggressor'

The criticism of Musharraf for his "U-turn' on Kashmir continues to pour out from separatist circles, reports Rashid Ahmad.

india Updated: Dec 06, 2006 18:26 IST

The criticism of Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf for his "U-turn' on Kashmir continued to pour out from the separatist circles in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday as well.

Syedah Asiya Andrabi, chief of Dakhtaran-e-Millat today questioned General Parvez’s Musharaf’s position and said that the Pak President had no authority to speak on behalf of the people of Kashmir. “Musharaf is a dictator. He does not represent even the people of Pakistan. How come he would speak on our behalf”, the Dakhtaran chief told media persons on Wednesday.

Pakistan President had come under severe flak from separatist for his assertion, in an interview with a TV channel that his country was willing to give up claim on Kashmir if government of India agreed to demilitarization and self-rule as solution to the issue of Kashmir. "Musharaf is an aggressor, a dictator. He has no right or authority to change the position of his country’s basic policy on Kashmir", Asiya said.

The Dakhtaran chief chose the occasion to whip at Mirwaiz Ummer Farooq, whose Hurriyat faction has, supported Pak President’s self-rule proposal. "Mirwaiz should also, like Musharraf, say that he too was opposed to the freedom of Kashmiri people so that the people can differentiate between a leader and a traitor”, she said. Asiya appealed to Syed Ali Geelani, chairman of hard-line faction of Hurriyat Conference, who too has come strongly against Pal president proposal, to take the reins of leaders into his hands. Geelani is holding a press conference on Thursday to come out with a proper response to Musharaf’s latest proposal.

Former militant leader and chairman of Muslim league, Mushtaqul Islam described Pak president as "American agent" and alleged that Musharaf was issuing statements to please his "American and Israeli masters”. "Musharraf is an American stooge. He has no right to give solutions on Kashmir", Mushtaq said. The Muslim League supremo said that the people of Kashmir were the masters of their own fate, and no solution would be acceptable in which "our aspirations are not reflected".

First Published: Dec 06, 2006 18:26 IST