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Ex-Servicemen Society rejects Musharraf’s Kashmir policy

RAWALPINDI: Former senior and junior officers of Pakistan Army “Ex-Servicemen Society” while rejecting the Kashmir Policy of Pervez Musharraf said they even do not recognize the presidency of Pervez Musharraf who achieved power unconstitutionally and unlawfully.

Eventually, there is no question of recognizing or accepting his polices. Pervez Musharraf is not intimate with the geography of Kashmir. He is simply playing in the hands of India and America. They expressed these views during a seminar on “Solidarity with Kashmiris” at a local hotel here on Tuesday which was organized by Ex-Servicemen Society.

Former Chief of the Army Staff General (Retd) Aslam Baig was the chief guest while the seminar was presided by the president of the society, General (Retd) Faiz Ali Chishti. Former President Azad Kashmir Major General (Retd) Sardar Anwar also participated in the seminar.

Gen (Retd) Mirza Aslam Baig said that there are barriers today in our way to freedom. He said that a concept is being propagated that Islam is in clash with the west which is totally wrong. Islam is an ideology while west is geography, he said. “We have to abolish the concept of clash of the Muslim world with the west,” he added.

He said it was the similar pattern when Jehadis all over the world were brought here to fight with Russia. After the disintegration of Russia, these very Mujahdeens were called terrorists, he said. Assertion of right and fighting for it is a freedom movement, he said and added that it can neither be called terrorism nor it can be stopped. “War of liberation for Kashmir will naturally reach its logical destination,” he observed.

He said that 60,000 Muslims youth from 70 countries and 40000 Pakistani young men were given military training and they participated in jehad against Russia. Osama Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda emerged after the disintegration of Russia, he said. Their targets were America and Europe but they were systematically associated with t0he concept of Jehad to malign the very theme of Jehad, he added.

Gen (retd) Baig said, “Jehad and jehadis is the force which defeated Russia in Afghanistan and American- backed Israel in Lebanon.” Afterwards, this force defeated Pakistan Army on its own soil, he added. He said today it seems that “Army has conceded defeat in our internal civil war which is very dangerous development.” He added that it is force of Jehad which will liberate Kashmir. India, he said, was not serious to solve the Kashmir problems despite the flexibility of Pakistan on its basic stance.

He said India considered Pakistan’s flexible approach towards Kashmir solution as our weakness. Musharraf, he said, does not realize that freedom moments can not succeed without the political and military support. “Musharraf tried to sit on the negotiation table after suppressing the freedom struggle and this strategy back fired,” he said. He added that none, including the Musharraf government, can abolish the moment for the liberation of Kashmir.

Former ISI Chief Hameed Gul said that solving Kashmir dispute was an easy task as the then Indian government itself took it to the United Nations and both India and Pakistan agreed to solve the issue amicably according to the aspiration of the Kashmiri people.

He said that those who advocate for new policies regarding Kashmir resolution and setting aside Qauid-e-Azam just stance on the issue live in fools’ paradise. They are ignorant of Kashmir geography, he said. India, he said, was not ready to talk on Begalhar Dam, how one could expect that would negotiate on the decade old issue of Kashmir.

Chief of Army Staff General (retd.)Aslam Baig
Those who participated in the seminar included General (retd) Faiz Ali Chasti, Major General (retd.) Sardar Anwar, Jamseed Gulzar, Rouidad Khan, Brigadier (retd) Usman, Lieutenant General (retd) Abdul Qayyum, Lieutenant General (retd) Mohammad Asad Durrani, Lieutenant General (retd) Hameed Gul, Colonel (retd.) Syed G. B. Bukhari, Captain (retd) Babar Zaheer-ud-Din, Subaidar (retd) Badar Munir, Subaidar (retd) Akram Awan and others.-SANA

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