LAHORE  - Jamaat-i-Islami chief Syed Munawar Hasan has impressed upon the rulers to adopt practical measures for the solution of the Kashmir issue instead of paying only lip-service to the issue.

Addressing the Friday congregation at Mansoora mosque, he said that the Kashmiris and their leadership had genuine grievances against the rulers in Islamabad who were anxious for friendship and trade with India and had pushed the Kashmir issue to the back-burner.

He said that Kashmir issue could not be resolved through slogans or resolutions in the Parliament.

He said that the present rulers could not be expected to see eye to eye to the Indian rulers for the solution of the Kashmir issue and added as a matter of fact, the masses who voted for such people were also to be blamed for the present situation.

Munawar said that freedom movement had been going on Kashmir for the last 66 years and all international bodies had accepted that the Kashmiris must be afforded the right to self-determination in accordance with the principle of the division of India.

Referring to the Taliban issue, he said that the Prime Minister’s decision in favour of dialogue had shattered the hopes of the pro-US and secular lobby that had been desiring military action.

He said that the committee nominated by the Taliban did not include the Taliban, they were simply facilitators. He said the points of the agenda for talks were under preparation. He reiterated his suggestion that the Deobandi school of thought and the Wifaqul Madaris should take special interest in this respect, and one or two more names should also be added to the committee.

Munawar Hasan said that as long as a single US soldier remained in the region, there could not be peace here.