LAHORE - Federal Information and Broadcasting Minister Senator Pervaiz Rashid Saturday said had Pervez Musharraf not overthrown the elected government of PML-N in 1999, the present wave of terrorism and energy crisis would not have happened.

Talking to media persons on Saturday, Pervaiz Rashid also held Musharraf coup responsible for weakening the Kashmir cause. He added the Kashmir problem failed to achieve its objectives due to Musharraf action on the Nawaz Sharif government. The minister said Pakistan can play a pivotal role in strengthening the Kashmir cause.

To a question about the political future of Pervez Musharraf, the minister said Musharraf created PML-Q which is in a state of disarray today and this fact amply illustrates that Musharraf does not have any political future. “Where is now Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) formed by Musharraf?” he asked, adding the ‘political party of Aabpara’ has collapsed. Pervaiz Rashid said everybody knows that Kashmir is the real and major conflict between India and Pakistan, claiming former military dictator Pervez Musharraf harmed the Kashmir cause the most.

The federal minister said the government will make Pakistan peaceful and strong, adding a stronger Pakistan can play a vital role in boosting the Kashmir cause.

“There are no differences between the Centre and the Sindh government over the powers of Rangers. The paramilitary force has made Karachi peaceful with hectic efforts,” the minister said.He said all the political parties are working together for restoration of peace in Karachi. The PML-N government has eliminated terrorism from the country and has got achievements in the Karachi operation.

To a question, the minister said PPP Co-chairman and former President Asif Ali Zardari is a Pakistani citizen and has every right to live in the country.

Meanwhile, talking to PTV, the Information minister said Pakistani and Indian prime ministers discussed all disputed matters in their meeting in Russia. The minister termed the meeting process a good omen for resumption of talks in the region. Pervaiz Rashid described Sir Creek, Kashmir and Siachen as disputed matters.

He said India had contacted the United Nations to isolate Pakistan. However, other countries, including China, did not support Indian stance in this regard.