AJK president says no one will support Musharraf’s blemished four-point formula
LAHORE: Azad Jammu Kashmir (AJK) President Masood Khan on Friday said that a tripartite but meaningful and result-oriented dialogue between Pakistan, India and the Kashmiri leadership would be beneficial for resolving the conflict.
In an exclusive interview with Pakistan Today at Governor’s House, he said that Kashmir was a political issue and requires a political approach. He also advocated dialogue for the resolution of the conflict. “Kashmir is a political issue and India must change its existing military approach to a political one. We must remember that dialogue is the need of the hour and the Kashmiri people have always supported an uninterrupted dialogue process,” he said. Masood said that Islamabad and New Delhi must include the Kashmiris in the dialogue process.
“We support the resumption of the comprehensive dialogue process between Pakistan and India to resolve all core issues, including the Kashmir issue. We know that resolving the Kashmir issue is imperative for lasting peace in the region, so both Islamabad and New Delhi must include Kashmiris in the dialogue process,” President Masood said. He said that he was assured by Prime Minister Imran Khan and Minister for Foreign Affairs Shah Mehmood Qureshi that Pakistan would continue to provide moral and political support to the people of Kashmir for attaining their just right to self-determination.
“During a recent meeting in Islamabad, Prime Minister Khan and Foreign Minister Qureshi assured me that Islamabad would continue to provide moral, political and diplomatic support to the Kashmiri people for attaining their just right to self-determination and would also continue to raise the Kashmir issue at all world forums,” he said. Responding to a question, he said that the Kashmiris would not support the four-point formula which was introduced by former military ruler General Pervez Musharraf during his government. “The four-point formula was not good as all three parties – Pakistanis, Indians and the Kashmiri leadership – rejected it,” he said, adding that he might reconsider his stance on it if Prime Minister Khan followed it in its original or modified form.
It is worth mentioning here that in a recent television interview, former foreign minister Khursheed Mahmood Kasuri had said that the government would follow a modified form of Musharraf’s four-point formula to resolve the Kashmir issue because Prime Minister Khan was convinced that the formula would be a ‘backbone’ to future dialogue processes. The Kashmiri leader also said that no one could change the historic United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions on Kashmir.
He also talked about the different phases of the Kashmir cause. He said that unarmed people were being brutalised and tortured on a daily basis simply because they were demanding an end to the oppressive rule of the occupation forces. Responding to a question, he called the recently-released report on Kashmir by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights an eye-opener. He welcomed the recommendation of sending a Commission of Inquiry to both sides of the Line of Control (LoC).
“Despite 70 years of oppression, the Kashmiris are still resisting the occupation and have not accepted themselves as Indian citizens,” he said. “We can highlight the plight of the Kashmiris effectively through the media and inform the world about the importance of the issue,” he said. “We must make efforts to make Pakistan a strong republic because that would guarantee effective advocacy for the Kashmir cause,” he concluded.