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Senior Congress Leader Saifuddin Soz Backs Musharraf's Idea Of Independent Kashmir

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| June 22 , 2018 , 12:42 IST

Former Union Minister and a senior leader of the Congress Party Saifuddin Soz on Friday backed the remarks of Pervez Musharraf which he gave about the independence of Kashmir.

Earlier, Former Pakistani Prime Minister Pervez Musharraf had said that if the Kashmiri’s would be given a choice they would want to stay independent.

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While addressing a media briefing Soz had said, “Musharraf said Kashmiris don't want to merge with Pakistan, their first choice is independence. The statement was true then and remains true now also. I say the same but I know that it is not possible.”

In his upcoming book Kashmir: Glimpses of History and the Story of Struggle, which will be released next week, Soz has said that the primary responsibility to find a solution to Kashmir lies with the Centre, which has to show a gesture of compassion for creating a situation of relief in the minds of Kashmiris and initiate a dialogue with the people.

He further wrote, “And, if the Union of India has to talk to the people of Kashmir, it will have to decide the grouping with which it will initiate the dialogue. In my opinion, it is the political conglomerate called the Hurriyat. Then, the ball will certainly move to what is broadly known as the ‘mainstream.”

“Nehru had realized that India’s policy had gone wrong in Kashmir and it was the greatest blunder committed by the Government of India to have dismissed and arrested the Sheikh unconstitutionally. Nehru had regretted the action, but the Union of India itself hadn’t learnt the lesson as it repeated its mistake by incorporating a clause in the Indira-Abdullah Accord of 1975 aimed at examining all the central laws promulgated in Jammu & Kashmir since 1953, but never showed its nerve to implement the same,” he wrote further.