Thursday, May 16, 2013

Do not be friends with India, Hizbul chief warns Nawaz Sharif

Islamabad,May 16 2013:--

The head of all Pakistan-based Kashmiri militant groups has said that no government would be able to survive in Islamabad if it abandons the \"Kashmir cause\", and warned the new regime not to make the \"mistake\" of pursuing friendship with New Delhi at the cost of Kashmir.

Pakistan\'s likely new prime minister Nawaz Sharif has repeatedly expressed the desire to pick up the thread from Atal Behari Vajpayee\'s historic bus ride to Lahore in 1999, and said he would be happy to have Manmohan Singh at his swearing-in ceremony.

\"No government in Pakistan, whether it is Nawaz Sharif or anybody else, will remain in the chair if it abandons the Kashmir cause,\" Syed Salahuddin, head of the United Jihad Council and leader of the Hizbul Mujahideen, told The Indian Express in an interview in Islamabad on Tuesday.

Salahuddin advised the incoming government \"not to repeat the mistake of putting Kashmir on the back burner and try to foster friendship with New Delhi through trade, cultural exchanges and tourism\". Because the PML (N) has won a strong mandate, \"we will expect them to follow Pakistan\'s traditional policy on Kashmir, which is to resolve the issue in accordance with the wishes and aspirations of the people of Kashmir through UN resolutions,\" he said.

\"Nawaz Sharif and his party\'s leadership must understand that till the time Kashmir is under India\'s occupation, the national security of Pakistan, the safety and security of its borders, and its economic stability is at stake,\" Salahuddin said.

Pakistan\'s agriculture and energy needs depend on the waters that flow down from Kashmir, Salahuddin said. \"So our expectation from Nawaz Sharif\'s government is that he will make this the first priority and give it central place in the Indo-Pak relationship... Otherwise, it will be lethal to the interests of Pakistan and that of the Kashmir struggle in the same way that it proved to be during the regimes of Musharraf sahib and Zardari sahib.\"

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