Voices of dissent: Kashmiri leader rejects MFN status for India

Syed Ali Geelani says Pakistani govt is taking dictation from the US.

Afp November 07, 2011


Pakistanis should compel their government to withdraw the decision to grant the most favoured nation (MFN) status to India, a hardline Kashmiri leader said on Sunday.

Pakistan’s cabinet last week announced that it had approved a proposal for normalising trade relations between the two neighbours and the eventual granting of the MFN status to India.

Leaders in the Indian-administered Kashmir rejected the deal saying it was being done under pressure from the United States.

“Pakistani government is taking dictation from America and this deal is also result of that dictation,” Syed Ali Geelani, chief of the hardline faction of All Parties Hurriayt Conference (APHC) said in a telephonic address to Muzaffarabad Press Club, from Srinagar.

“It is a great source of pain for us to see Pakistan granting MFN status to India when Indian security forces are raping our women and destroying Islamic culture,” said Geelani, who favours the region’s accession to Pakistan.

“I appeal to the Pakistani nation to protest on this development so that the government is compelled to take back its decision,” he said.

Raja Farooq Haider, convener of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and Maulana Abdul Aziz Alvi, chief of Jamaat-ud-Dawa, the charity wing of the Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group blamed for the 2008 Mumbai attacks, assured support to Geelani.

“The entire nation is ready. We will not step back an inch from our stance because freedom is our destination,” Alvi said.

A 20-year insurgency in Indian-administered Kashmir has left tens of thousands dead.

While formal trade between the two most populous and largest economies in South Asia is a paltry $2.7 billion annually, unregulated trade, much of it routed through third countries, is estimated at $10 billion.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 7th,  2011.


Anonymous | 12 years ago | Reply

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SAJJAD SARWAR | 12 years ago | Reply

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