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Don't try and please India, LeT warns Zardari

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Mar 03, 2008 at 05:45pm IST

New Delhi: Banned terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba has condemned PPP co-chairman Asif Zardari's remarks on Kashmir. He was reacting to Asif Ali Zardari's interview on CNN-IBN's Devil's Advocate with Karan Thapar.

Lashkar chief, Hafiz Sayyed has demanded that Zardari take back his words and not try and please India.

He said Zardari should demand a UN investigation into Kashmir.

Sayyed also warned that Pakistan cannot ignore the sacrifices of Kashmiris and that any person or party in Pakistan which ignored Kashmir would not survive.

Similar views have been echoing in the Kashmir Valley as well. People's Conference leader, Sajjad Lone, has said that setting Kashmir aside is not an option.

"I think it's a highly irresponsible statement. I don't think he either has the stature or even the people's support in Pakistan to make such a statement. And at the end of the day Pakistan Peoples party is one party amongst three parties. I don't think one individual can make such a sweeping statement when it comes to the rights of the people of Kashmir," Lone said.

On the other hand, Kashmir-watcher, Amitabh Mattoo has said Zardari is being prudent and practical.

"I think Mr Zardari realises as does almost everyone else who matter in India and Pakistan that the problems of Kashmir are so complex, intricate and have taken such a heavy toll that it's impossible to resolve them overnight. Which means that you actually try and normalise relations in other areas even while you keep addressing the issues of Kashmir," he said.

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