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'Pakistanis And Kashmiris Are One'

Musharraf meets PoK, overseas Kashmiri leaders and talks of 'self-determination' and aspirations of the Kashmiris

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'Pakistanis And Kashmiris Are One'

Pakistani President Gen Pervez Musharraf today said the "bedrock" of his talks with India would be the "aspirations" of the people of Kashmir as no solution to the Kashmir problem was possible without it.

"The issue of Kashmir is not just an issue of territory but also a serious question of their (Kashmiris) right to self-determination and other fundamental human rights," he said at a meeting with leaders of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) as well as Kashmiri leaders from abroad.

Twenty leaders of the PoK government and political parties attended the three-hour meeting convened by Musharraf to discuss his forthcoming summit with Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Musharraf said the bedrock of his talks with Indian leadership during his July 14-16 visit would be aspirations of the people of Kashmir.

PoK Prime Minister Sultan Mehmood Chowdhary said after the meeting, "PoK leaders have extended full backing to Musharraf for his India visit.

"There was also general consensus that Musharraf would forcefully represent the views of the Kashmiris at the summit," he said.

Those who met Musharraf included leaders of Pakistan chapter of Hurriyat Conference and Farida Behanji, one of the Kashmiri leaders from Srinagar who is currently on a tour to Pakistan.

During the meeting, Musharraf said Pakistanis and Kashmiris are one as far as struggle for the right to self-determination of the latter was concerned, official media reported.

"Kashmiri people should never feel that they are alone in the struggle," Musharraf was quoted as saying.

Former president and prime minister of PoK and leader of PoK's Muslim Conference Sardar Qayyum, said he told Musharraf his visit to India should be seen as a golden opportunity to resolve the Kashmir problem.

He said a breakthrough could be expected as two governments were in good position to solve the problem. But if the summit ends up in failure it would be a 'political suicide'.


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