ISLAMABAD: Head of Kashmir American Council Ghluam Nabi Fai has said that the new government can make progress on the Kashmir issue if the recommendations on four points are implemented. In an interview with SANA, he said the Kashmiris expect some good acts from the newly elected government regarding the issue.
He said Kashmiris deserve a strong Pakistan which can fulfil their wishes. He further said that if Pakistan follows these four points, further development can be made in the dialogue with the Indian government. Fai said the parameters should be confirmed to avoid confusion as it happened in the past.
He said in the past, the Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh said that all options were open but on the other hand their foreign minister said Kashmir was integral part of India. Fai said the dialogue process cannot make any progress if Kashmiris do not participate in it. He said the impact of the progress in dialogue should be felt in the Indian held Kashmir.
Answering a question, Fai said that the former prime minister of Pakistan Zulfikar Ali Bhutto declared to fight for Kashmir over thousand years. This he said at the forum of United Nations so that the world should know that Kashmir was an integral part of Pakistan.
He told that Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto had told him during a meeting in UAE that she supported the peace process but Kashmiris were not visible in it. He said the newly elected prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani in his book has explained his efforts regarding the Kashmir issue. During Gilani’s meeting with Lee Pung, he was told that China had strong focus over this issue.
Fai said that the UNO representative on Kosovo wrote in the past that 90% of the citizens do not want to become the part of Serbia. Similarly, according to the Hindustan Times 85% of the Kashmiri population do not want to remain with India. If Kosovo can get freedom on the basis of this survey then why not the Kashmiris, asked Fai. He hoped that the new government will pay special attention to Kashmir issue.-SANA