Lahore: JAMAAT-E-ISLAMI Ameer Syed Munawwar Hasan stressed that the Kashmiri Muslims and their leadership had genuine grievances against the rulers in Islamabad who were anxious for a friendship and trade with India and had pushed the Kashmir issue to the back burner. It is time the rulers must adopt sincere measures for the solution of Kashmir issue instead of paying only lip-service to avoid retribution. He gave this statement while delivering a Friday sermon at the Mansoora masjid.
Syed Munawwar Hasan opined that as long as a single US soldier remained in the region, there could be no peace here. He remarked that either the US army should move out, or their coffins would be dispatched from here. He termed unfortunate the statement of the Advisor on Foreign Affairs after his meeting with the US Secretary of State that the US should guarantee Pakistan’s security after the withdrawal from Afghanistan. He ridiculed the statement of the Advisor that while the enemy was pulling out of Afghanistan, we were requesting the US not to leave.
He maintained that the US had reduced the drone attacks under its own strategy and it was declared that if any senior Al-Quaida leader was around, it would drone him. He clarified that he Taliban had disowned the recent bomb blasts in Peshawar, and it was for the government and its agencies to unearth the hand behind these.
He predicted that the next phase of the dialogue would be difficult and there seemed to be no indication in this regard. He added that the committee nominated by Taliban did not include Taliban, as they were simply facilitators.