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PoK president willing to meet Sayeed, Farooq

November 27, 2004 10:31 IST

Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir president Maj Gen (retd) Sardar Mohammed Anwar Khan has said he is willing to meet Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mufti Mohammed Sayeed and his predecessor Farooq Abdullah to discuss the Kashmir issue.

Khan was speaking to a delegation of Indian journalists visiting PoK for the first time under the aegis of South Asian Free Media Association.

"After all, the Kashmiris have to sit together and work for a solution to the dispute which has been dogging south Asia for last five decades," Khan said.

Asked about his views on the proposed Muzzafarabad-Srinagar bus service, the former army general did not show much of enthusiasm saying running a bus is not the solution of the Kashmir problem.

"This could be seen as one of the confidence building measures but not the solution to the problem," he said.

Khan said that with the entire South Asia becoming nuclear and the fact that India and Pakistan have already fought three wars on Kashmir, it is necessary for the two nations to sit and discuss the problem and allow the Kashmiris to decide their fate.


Sumir Kaul in Muzzafarabad
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