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Hayat slammed for supporting Kashmir's division
May 20, 2003 21:21 IST
The suggestion by Pakistan occupied Kashmir Prime Minister Sikander Hayat to divide the state on the basis of Hindu majority areas and Muslim majority areas came in for sharp criticism from opposition parties of PoK.
Hayat's suggestion amounted to abandoning UN resolutions on Kashmir, said Haji Javed Akhtar Chaudhry, the acting opposition leader of PoK legislative assembly.
Charging the Pakistan government with not taking a principled stand on Kashmir, he accused Islamabad of capitulating in the face of US pressure.
"Mr Hayat Khan's proposition can create the fire and disaster of 1947 and is thus unacceptable to the people of the state of Jammu and Kashmir who have been struggling for communal harmony and religious coexistence for the past five decades," he said in a press note issued on Tuesday.
He appealed to the All Party Hurriyat Conference and other political parties on both sides not to fall prey to the 'American plan' to divide the state on communal lines. He said the acceptance of such a plan would trigger off unrest in the Indian subcontinent.
With inputs from Onkar Singh in Delhi
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