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PPP Top Gun to Prof Ghani
SRINAGAR (ONS) - A day after Pakistan's Interior Ministry called Jammu & Kashmir as an 'Indian state' in the report presented to the Supreme Court, the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Sunday assured the Hurriyat (M) leadership about the partys unflinching commitment to the Kashmir issue, and ruled out any compromise by the present government on the stand taken by Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto, a statement said today.
The Pakistan interior secretary presented a report before the court on Saturday during the hearing of Balochistan unrest case.
In the report the Kashmiri freedom movement has been called an insurgency tantamount to the situation in Balochistan, the Nation reports.
The report also compared the restive situation in Balochistan with the turmoil in Indian states of Punjab, Nagaland, Assam and Kashmir.
The assurance was given by PPP general secretary Senator Jahangir Badr to Prof Abdul Ghani Bhat in a meeting in Lahore where the Hurriyat (M) leader pressed to include the legitimate leadership of Kashmiris in talks on resolving the Kashmir issue, the Muslim Conference said.
Prof Ghani asserted that the Kashmir issue would be impossible to resolve without including the local people, who, he said, were the real masters of Kashmir.
Even as Senator Badr assured that resolving the Kashmir issue was a priority for his party, Prof Ghani insisted that India and Pakistan include the Kashmiri leadership in talks over the imbroglio, it said.
According to the Muslim Conference, the meeting took place at the behest of President Asif Ali Zardari, with the ruling party senator recalling the late Zulfiqar Ali Bhuttos commitment to the Kashmir issue and assuring that his party had not changed its traditional stance or policy on the question.
In the PPP manifesto, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto has placed the Kashmir issue among the partys foremost priorities, the senator was quoted as having said.
The party is committed to the position taken by Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto, and the present government will make no compromise on that stance, he said.
President Asif Ali Zardari is striving to resolve the Kashmir issue strictly according to the aspirations of the Kashmiri people and keeping in view its historical background, he said.
This was Prof Ghanis first meeting with any top leader of the PPP during his current visit. Earlier, the former Hurriyat chairman met Muslim League chief and ex-prime minister Nawaz Shareif, former prime minister of Pak-administered-Kashmir Sardar Abdul Qayoom Khan, and JKLF supremo Amanullah Khan
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