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Mush causing religious strain: Opp head


Parul Malhotra,CNN-IBN
Jun 19, 2007 at 07:33am IST

New Delhi: Pakistan’s leader of opposition, says Maulana Fazlur Rahman supports the India-Pakistan dialogue, says the ground situation in the valley has been steadily improving over the past three years is evasive on terrorism.

He says his six-party alliance hasn't been briefed by the Pakistani Government about any deal as yet.

However, he has his own ideas about what a final solution cannot be.

Says Rahman, “Right now the people in Pakistan are not in favour of accepting the LoC as a permanent border.”

The Maulana is the leader of opposition in the Pakistan National Assembly and in Delhi as well.

He plays the role to the hilt and says he doesn’t support the militant clerics of Lal Masjid who are in a dangerous stand off with the Government in Islamabad.

However, he does blame Pervez Musharraf's government and other political parties for stoking religious tensions within Pakistan.

“An environment is being created to get political support. It has been created by the establishment and by those who want to get Musharraf, the US and the West to soften their policy towards them,” says Rahman.

It is however, unclear if Rahman is talking about Benazir Bhutto. He also hints that he wont support Bhutto if she cuts a deal with Musharraf and becomes Prime Minister that Musharraf made a mistake by suspending Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhary

He says that the opposition must unite to thwart Musharraf's plan to get re-elected from the current assemblies.

Pakistani media speculates about a possible handshake between the ruling PML (Q) and the Maulana on the President's re-election gambit.

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