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Zardari’s Good News Was No Good News At All, As Predicted

In Kashmir, News on 7 October, 2008 at 3:27 am

Zardari has termed the Kashmiri Freedom Fighters (including the Hurriyat Conference) as Terrorists.

President Zardari termed the Hurriat leaders in occupied Kashmir as “terrorists”, adding that he had no objection to the India-US nuclear cooperation pact so long as Islamabad was treated “at par” with New Delhi. The News

In his first press conference after taking oath as the President of Pakistan, Zardari had said that the world would soon hear good newon Kashmir. Having called Kashmiris terrorists he has doled out tons of good news for India, not for Kashmir! For me this is no surprise as I blogged earlier about Zardari’s claims:

….one should really not expect anything huge (at most the good news may be opening of trade route)…

And trade routes are already in the process of being opened

…And about Zardari, one should not expect much from Zardari, who is disliked in Pakistan apparently more than Musharraf was…

Read the entire post Zardari’s Good News May Be No News At All here.

Much before he was elected a President, in March, he suggested that Pakistan would put the Kashmir issue on the back burner, for the future generations to solve. It was obvious since then, Zardari wanted to concentrate on trade ties with India! A single person though can not change what an entire nation thinks, therefore he had to back-track on his first comment on Kashmir. The vibes of how he felt about Kashmir were sent across nevertheless. He may draw some flak in Pakistan for his latest quip, however the effect it will have (and is supposed to cause) will not reverse. I just blogged about The End Of Hurriyat, and it appears to be a lot more truer and closer than I imagined; Pakistan is finally pulling the plug on Hurriyat and that would be Hurriyat’s last nail in the coffin.

I sincerely hope that a new, free from bias, young leadership emerges in Kashmir. In October of 1947 Kashmir was occupied by India, and it appears in the October of 2008, the equations in Kashmir will change drastically.

UPDATE: Statement Retracted

As expected, the Government of Pakistan has retracted the statement:

She [Pakistan’s Information Minister] said that President Asif Zardari had never linked Kashmir liberation struggle to terrorism. In a statement, the federal minister reiterated government’s resolve to hold talks with India on the dispute. The News

All the pro-Independence leaders have flayed Zardari’s remarks; though the remarks are not even half as critical of Zardari as a simple out-of-the-box suggestion from Musharraf usually led to.

Greater Kashmir’s anger is obvious, being the most widely read newspaper, it is a pleasure to see that it did ED-AI321 Winter D 20081002140713not mute down the expression of anger against Pakistan. With Begging Bowl In Hand , Zardari calls Kashmiri Militants ‘Terrorists’ is how Greater Kashmir reacted. JKLF’s response makes it clear that they have been shocked beyond comprehension; JKLF wants Zardari to take a History course. DeM (Duktaran – e – Millat), who are still living in the delusion that Musharraf’s fall was a consequence of his Kashmir policies, now await Zardari’s fall. In Baramullah, a town where sentiments for Pakistan are the strongest and which has produced the largest number of Pro-Pakistani leaders, people burnt an effigy of Zardari, a first since 1979 when effigies of Zia-ul-Haq were burnt against his decision to hang Zardari’s father-in-law Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.

To read Zardari’s interview on Wall Street Journal, click here, Also read the orders Zardari has given to track and arrest those who write jokes on him; you may also be interested in Zardaris’ T.G.I.F. in Manhattan.

 

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  1. Zardari has been voted to power by the Pakistani people, hence a few bloggers, with feudal background perhaps, calling him worse than Musharraf, does not make any sense.

    Pakistan’s policies towards Kashmir and Hurriyat, clearly has not worked over the years, and Zardari has the common sense to realize that the time to change the age old policies is now.

    Pakistan’s need of the hour is to change the suicidal policy of confronting and competing with a much larger neighbour. All Pakistanis, like Zardari, must see the writing on the wall, and change their age old mindset of a false sense of being equal, or superior to India.

  2. Neel288:

    Zardari has been voted to power by the Pakistani people,

    No he has not been. He is not an elected representative. He is not favored in Pakistan. People do not like him, because they never chose him.

    hence a few bloggers, with feudal background perhaps, calling him worse than Musharraf, does not make any sense.

    What is this obsession of most Indians to always link anyone, writing what they do not want to read, to money? Is it that all Indians who write do so for their feudal linkages or grants from shadowy organisations? Why would feudal lords hate Zardari? He is a feudal lord himself.

    Pakistan’s policies towards Kashmir and Hurriyat, clearly has not worked over the years, and Zardari has the common sense to realize that the time to change the age old policies is now.

    It would be good for Kashmir if Pakistan delinks itself completely from us. Then what we demand would not be linked to the ISI perhaps.

    Pakistan’s need of the hour is to change the suicidal policy of confronting and competing with a much larger neighbor. All Pakistanis, like Zadora, must see the writing on the wall, and change their age old mindset of a false sense of being equal, or superior to India.

    You as an Indian should have welcomed the gesture of Zadora, but instead you chose to thrust your superiority, and while doing so you forgot that you are the least superior of any nation, since you have stationed 0.7 Million troops in Kashmir to suppress a right demand and are still scared of a few hundred thousand unarmed Kashmiris.

  3. Before his election as president, it was said that zardari is mentally ill. I think he really is.

  4. WHO IS THIS ZARDARI? WE DO NOT CONSIDER HIM ANY AUTHORITY TO SPEAK ON KASHMIR. Kashmir does not belong to pakistan or its leaders, it belongs to Kashmiris and anyone who calls them terrorists should not be in proper senses. Kashmiris do not need any lessons from Pakistanis on peace, let Pakistan concentrate on its own areas and leave Kashmir to Kashmiris. We hate Pakistan more than India, because Pakistan has always been a problem for itself as well as for its neighbours. It never lives in peace. It should learn lessons from Bangladesh which has been making continuous progress and has created few problems for others. Go to hell Zardari.

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