Omar to Musharraf: ‘Does Pakistan Really Want To Resolve Kashmir?’

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NEW DELHI – Does Pakistan have the ‘niyat’ ie sincere intention, to resolve the Kashmir issue, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah who met former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf late Saturday asked him earlier during the day. 

Omar Abdullah met Musharraf on the sidelines of the Hindustan Times leadership Summit at New Delhi.

Sources, present at the Summit said that the two leaders held a 40 minute long one to one meeting Saturday evening.

Earlier Omar, who was to speak shortly after Musharraf’s address, was called upon by moderator Karan Thapar to ask a question and left the audience in splits as he introduced him to Musharraf as the “Chief Minister of our Kashmir” and who was “waiting patiently to become Chief Minister of your Kashmir”. 

Omar asked three questions with the first being if Musharraf believes that the UN resolution (on plebiscite) that Pakistan continues to “harp upon” are still relevant in today’s day and age. 

“Of course, if you talk on an official basis, it stands. The UN resolution stands,” he said. However, he added both India and Pakistan have to move forward from stated positions and go for resolutions. 

“If somebody was to officially ask Pakistan, certainly the 1948 UN resolution stands. But let’s move away from it. Let’s move ahead together…The UN resolution certainly stands and nobody can ignore it in Pakistan but Pakistan certainly would like to, and in my tenure, certainly we were moving. We wanted to leave the stated position behind,” the former Pakistani ruler who is now in exile said. 

Asked how much of his four-point programme on Kashmir was accepted by both Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Manmohan Singh government, he said there was “wide agreement”. 

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