Strong Pakistan must for Kashmir solution: Attique

Greater Kashmir

Muzaffarabad, Feb 18: Pakistan administered Kashmir Prime Minister Sardar Attique Ahmed Khan on Monday said a strong democratic government in Pakistan was sine qua non not only for continuation of democratic process in the country but also for early settlement of the longstanding Kashmir issue through peaceful means.
 He was speaking at a news conference in the southern Kotli district. All four members of the PaK cabinet from Kotli district, including senior minister Malick Mohammad Nawaz, LG&RD minister Raja Naseer, revenue minister Sardar Naeem Khan and finance minister Raja Nisar Khan were also present on the occasion, besides the premier’s advisers Raja Yasin Khan and Dr Abdul Haleem.
 Sardar Attique proclaimed that his government would establish friendly relations with the new government in Islamabad and was very much hopeful that the latter would not create any problems for the former.
 “Let there be no misconception about the fate of our government. We will complete our stipulated term and address the problems of people at their doorsteps during this period,” he said, according to an official handout.
 The PaK prime minister asserted that his government and the ruling Muslim Conference party were impartial in the electoral process of Pakistan and were only supporting the democratic forces there.
 Sardar Attique’s assertion was in contrast to his oft declared liking and sympathies for the pro-Pervez Musharraf forces in Pakistan, represented mainly by the Muslim League (Q). Recently the prime minister’s adviser on information Raja Yasin Khan was also pictured by a section of press, addressing an election rally of a PML (Q) candidate in the Punjab.
 Contrarily, the former PaK premier and the senior most MC leader Sardar Sikandar Hayat has been staunchly supporting anti-Musharraf Muslim League led by Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif.
 However, without naming anyone, Sardar Attique maintained that the MC leaders favouring some political parties (in Pakistan) were doing it “independently without any guidelines (in this regard) by the party.”
 Responding to another question, Sardar Attique did not rule out reshuffle in his cabinet in future. However he did not pick holes in the performance of his ministers. Rather he said they were working “smoothly.”
 The PaK premier also asserted that the pace of development had been accelerated in AJK and a number of mega projects would be completed shortly.
 “Muslim Conference is an ideological and revolutionary movement which will continue to struggle for the welfare of masses,” he said.
 He also called upon the MC workers to forge unity in their ranks.
 Meanwhile, the PaK premier also laid foundation stone of a flyover near Khuiratta cross. The project, he was told, would be completed in two years at an estimated cost of Rs 60 million. He also performed the groundbreaking of a ring road in Kotli, besides attending several receptions in his honour by the notables of the district.