Tuesday, February 28, 2012

‘No point talking to Pak till Army in control’

At a time when India has resumed backchannel talks with Pakistan, on Sunday, two political activists — originally from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan — cautioned New Delhi regarding the peace process with Islamabad, saying that it doesn’t have a future unless the Pakistan army gives up its control over the State. 

Mumtaz Khan (left) and Hasnan Sering

Mumtaz Khan from PoK migrated to Canada more than two decades ago because of alleged persecution and Senge Sering of Gilgit currently lives in Washington, US. They were here to attend a conference on “PoK and Northern Areas: Present Status and way forward”.

Khan, who runs the International Centre for Peace and Democracy in Toronto, said, “I don’t know when India is going to learn. Pakistan is smart... it has initiated wars and terrorist attacks. But New Delhi still wants to talks with them.”

Sering, who heads the Institute of Gilgit-Baltistan Studies in Washington, said, “Pakistan is only buying time. India has the memory of a goldfish, which lasts only seven seconds. New Delhi should realise that they are dealing with a State which is not trustworthy.”

Both the activists, who have their families in PoK and Gilgit-Baltistan, respectively, slammed the Pakistan government for denial of basic political freedom and lack of civic amenities in these areas.


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