Kasuri's 'Kashmir issue near resolution claim' nothing but 'delusion': Observers

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Islamabad, May 11 (ANI): Rubbishing former foreign minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri's claims that the Kashmir issue was about to be resolved during former President General Pervez Musharraf's, participants of a seminar titled "The Near Agreement. What it was" have described such assertions a mere 'delusion'.

Speaking during the seminar, Nazir Ahmed Shaal, Executive Director Kashmir Centre London, said there were no evidence which suggested that the Kashmir issue was about to be resolved during the Musharraf era.

While stressing that the right to self-determination of the people of Kashmir was "non-negotiable", Shaal said people who are revolting against India's control over the region must be brought to the dialogue table if the two countries are serious about resolving the long pending issue.

Kashmir Centre Brussels Executive Director Majeed Tramboo also rejected Kasuri's claims, saying none of the prominent Kashmiri leaders were taken on board for any such deliberations.

"Not a single prominent Kashmiri leader was taken on board. India and Pakistan primarily reduced it to a bilateral territorial dispute in the process," The Daily Times quoted Tramboo, as saying.

"We challenge Kasuri to identify a single person from either part of Kashmir who was part of the discussions," he added.

Reiterating the Pakistani leadership's long-standing view, Tramboo said that the Kashmir issue must be addressed keeping in mind the United Nations' (UN) resolutions.

"No solution to the issue will be acceptable other than the implementation of the United Nations (UN) resolutions or the right to self-determination," he said. (ANI)

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