APHC has no roots among masses

Weekly Bang-e-Sahar Karachi Saturday 26 July—–August 1, 2008

By Our Correspondent
GILGIT: The question whether All-Parties Hurriyet Conference (APHC) is a representative party of the people in the vital areas of the disputed Kashmir including Gilgit-Baltistan, Laddakh and Jammu has been doing the round for the last many years.Though the government of Pakistan has considered the APHC as a representative body of the people of Kashmir, India has also given somehow similar treatment to the party in many political discussions. Except Ali Gillani, all leaders of the APHC have visited Pakistan many times. Despite being actual party to the issue, the governments of India and Pakistan do not consider the people of Kashmir as a party to the dispute. Similarly, both the governments under a well-hatched conspiracy have been promoting the APHC for the last many years despite the fact the APHC is in no way a representative party of the people living in the disputed region. The APHC has never bothered to make contact with the people of Gilgit-Baltistan, Laddakh, Jammu and Kargil. The people of this area consider that the APHC has been working as a tool and informant in the hands of the governments of Pakistan and India and is not concerned with the rights of the masses. The nationalist forces in the region understand that international imperialist forces through the governments of India and Pakistan are trying to bring forth a party which has no roots among the masses of the area. On the other hands, representative parties of the region are being pushed to the wall.History shows that first of all National Conference and Muslim Conference were responsible for damaging the cause of Kashmir. Later, other parties also adopted ambiguous positions while deviating from the actual dispute. The exclusion of the representatives of Gilgit-Baltistan from the committee formed by the new federal government also shows that the PPP is also following the path of the successive governments as far as Pakistan’s Kashmir policy is concerned


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