Pakistan should 'pull out' of Kashmir first, suggests Achakzai

Published: August 18, 2017
PKMAP chief Mahmood Khan Achakzai. PHOTO: INP

PKMAP chief Mahmood Khan Achakzai. PHOTO: INP

Chief of Pakhtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) Mehmood Khan Achakzai has said that Pakistan should make the first move and initiate the idea of an independent Kashmir.

“Why don’t we adopt a new policy on Kashmir dispute..Let Kashmir be free from both India and Pakistan..Kashmir is the root cause of many issues between both the countries. Why not we take the first step to solve it,?’’ the Pashtun leader told BBC Urdu on Friday.

He said that by putting forward this suggestion, Pakistan would be able to tell the world that is sincere in resolving the dispute.

“We agree on referendum, yet we blame each other. The masses, however, are dying. We need to have better relationship with our neighbours,” Achakzai said.

The restive Himalayan region suffered a rise in violence last year after the killing in July of Burhan Wani, popular young rebel leader in a gun battle with Indian soldiers.

“It would be sheer foolishness on our part to expect zero interference from our opposition. We will not be able to complete the China Pakistan Economic Corridor without peace. We have to make peace with Afghanistan, Iran and India.”

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The PkMAP chief said the Afghan issue became global when Soviet forces invaded the country. “Now, we should pardon ourselves from such situations,” he said. “America and our establishment is well aware of whoever they have trained, now they should get rid of them, and if they do not take it seriously, this region will burn to ashes”.

He said Afghanistan’s autonomy shall be respected, or else destruction can take place.

‘’Please repent, our establishment must step back, must not interfere in elections, kindly put an end to the game of ‘safe havens’, learn to trust people, whoever comes from public mandate must be trusted,’’ Achakzai said.

While Islamabad blames Kabul for hosting militants responsible for carrying out attacks in the country, Afghanistan also routinely accuses Pakistan of providing safe haven to the Afghan Taliban.

If Pakistan, he added, works with sincerity, 60% of issues with Afghanistan will be resolved.

Last year, the Pashtun nationalist leader had stoked a controversy after he reportedly said that  Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province ‘belongs to Afghans’.

In an interview with Kabul-based English language daily Afghanistan Times, Achakzai said “K-P belongs to Afghans and they can live there without fear and irritation”.


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Reader Comments (17)

  • Mir
    Aug 18, 2017 - 4:43PM

    He is crazy man….agent of afghan and india….he only look own benefit….Recommend

  • Sean
    Aug 18, 2017 - 6:20PM

    He is a born Indian agent, just look at his family and friends, all are in the same boat.@Mir:Recommend

  • Reader
    Aug 18, 2017 - 6:53PM

    Can someone please strip him off his nationalityRecommend

  • Amir
    Aug 18, 2017 - 6:53PM

    Not heard something ever useful from him.Recommend

  • Tony Singh
    Aug 18, 2017 - 8:42PM

    @Amir: “Not heard something ever useful from him.”
    The above statement by him is a start!!Recommend

  • Raunak
    Aug 18, 2017 - 10:10PM

    Sane voiceRecommend

  • ZAB
    Aug 18, 2017 - 10:37PM

    Not a bad idea to have an Independent Kashmir, recognised by International community and by India & Pakistan, that can pave the way of wellbeing of the region!Recommend

  • sterry
    Aug 18, 2017 - 10:44PM

    It’s not that crazy as it sounds.If there is independent Kashmir and both sides are united, it would naturally align itself with Pakistan since Kashmir is culturally and religiously and geographically closer to Pakistan. If Pakistan and India both leave their sections of Kashmir and let the people vote, we all know the result would be in favour of Pakistan which is why India will never agree to a plebiscite.Recommend

  • 007
    Aug 19, 2017 - 1:28AM

    Kashmir has a history of being an independent state. Furthermore, it has its own culture and language. Pakistanis and Indians should accept Achakzai’s proposal.Recommend

  • Zaida Parvez
    Aug 19, 2017 - 11:19AM

    Great Idea !!Recommend

  • yadin
    Aug 19, 2017 - 1:28PM

    This traiter is nearing the end of his tenure with the Punjab and establishment and now he is coming to the front again speaking against Pakistan.During his all tenure he was silent, enjoying the fruits of government.Pakistan knows better how to solve Kashmir problem.Recommend

  • Asif
    Aug 20, 2017 - 4:33PM

    The only person who should have pulled out …is his father.Recommend

  • 我们会他妈的中国软底。
    Aug 20, 2017 - 6:45PM

    Before you start caring for Kashmir, better start caring for Baluchistan. Recommend

  • Abdul wali achakzai
    Aug 20, 2017 - 10:26PM

    Its a great ideaRecommend

  • Arunanshu Mandal
    Aug 21, 2017 - 1:10AM

    Guess this person is the only Paki who actually read the UN resolutions on Kashmir on site. They clearly mention that Pakistan has to withdraw first as a precondition. Too many illiterate Pakis (which include their politicians as well as some readers here) harp on implementing the resolutions without actually reading them or knowing their conditions.Recommend

  • Mfkhan
    Aug 23, 2017 - 1:58AM

    Why has Pakistan not solved it thus far? 70 years of jerking around Kashmir by both India and Pakistan. Foolish public playing to the tunes of the corrupt politicians in both countries.Recommend

  • Walid Khan
    Aug 27, 2017 - 3:24AM

    This guy is a total mess. He is on the payroll of Afghanistan and he is a representing people from Pakistan. Take him to jail now.Recommend

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