Independence for J&K not practicable: PoK leader

Independence for J&K not practicable: PoK leader
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First Published: Tue, May 01 2007. 05 07 PM IST
Updated: Tue, May 01 2007. 05 07 PM IST
PTI
New Delhi: Calling for realism in resolving the Kashmir issue, a senior Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) leader Sardar Abdul Qayyum Khan today said independence for the state was not practicable.
Khan, who has held the offices of President and Prime Minister of PoK, said during an interaction with journalists here that the option of independence was not available to the people of the state nor was it possible to have one more partition.
Fully backing the ongoing dialogue process between India and Pakistan, he indicated that he favoured the proposal of Sheikh Mohd Abdullah over condominium involving India, Pakistan and Kashmir.
Khan, who has met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad during his stay here, emphasized that more than the final solution that would emerge, the process is what is more important.
At the media interaction organized by South Asia Free Media Association (SAFMA), the Muslim Conference leader criticised Hurriyat conference for boycotting the recent Roundtable Conference, saying they were wrong in doing so.
Many proposals discussed at the Roundtable Conference will be beneficial to the people of the state, he said.
On existence of terror infrastructure in PoK, he said militant camps existed in Pakistan and PoK before September 11, 2001 but there was no trace of these now as far as he knew.
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First Published: Tue, May 01 2007. 05 07 PM IST