Avoiding nuclear war: ‘India, Pak must resolve Kashmir issue’

Published: March 15, 2016
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KARACHI: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) Azad Kashmir president and former prime minister of Kashmir Barrister Sultan Mahmood has said that in order to avoid a nuclear war, Pakistan and India must peacefully solve the Kashmir issue as soon as possible. Addressing a press conference at Karachi Press Club on Monday, he said that peace in the sub-continent is related to the resolution of the Kashmir issue. He said that no formula can be successful without taking the people of Kashmir in confidence. He further added that in the upcoming election in Azad Kashmir, PTI would not make an alliance with any political party and demanded that the elections be conducted in the presence of the army. Mahmood reiterated that Kashmir issue must be resolved in accordance with the UN resolutions.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 15th, 2016.

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  • Rabia
    Mar 15, 2016 - 10:42AM

    India and Pakistan must recognise that dialogue will only prosper if it is gradual, sustained, and held mostly outside the glare of the media. They should resist the temptation to push the pace on contentious issues and opt instead to move steadily toward a normalisation of relations.Recommend

  • vcbhutani
    Apr 9, 2016 - 5:41PM

    I did not see this report earlier.
    I am afraid Pakistan has on its chosen to make Kashmir a life and death question for itself and for its people. There is nothing under the sun that Pakistan can do and force India to hand over Kashmir to Pakistan. It has not happened in 69 years. It will not happen in the next 69 centuries.
    Even then Pakistan, its leaders and its people have the right to go on trying till the end of time. They will achieve nothing.
    Some in Pakistan seem to think that by using strong words (eg, “Kashmir is the jugular vein of Pakistan”), they are changing the ground situation or the course of future events.
    They are only doing disservice to their own people.
    No Indian government can hand over Kashmir to Pakistan and still remain in office. Indian Parliamentary arithmetic shall throw out any such government and any agreement that it may have signed.
    Nor can we lose sight of the Supreme Court of India. Someone will file a petition and things shall be back in square one, a la Berubari Union.
    The only possible way out is to convert the LOC into IB. Nothing else is possible.
    V. C. Bhutani, Delhi, 9 Apr 2016, 1811 ISTRecommend

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