ISLAMABAD - Chairman of the Special Committee of the Parliament on Kashmir Maulana Fazlur Rahman has said that the Kashmir issue cannot be resolved militarily and that its solution is a must for durable peace in South Asia.

He was commenting upon the statement of Indian Minister for Petroleum Mani Shankar Aiyar who had said that there was no military solution of Kashmir issue and that trade, sports and culture delegations should be exchanged between the two countries for peace in the region.

Fazl said that the history of Pak-Indian relations of the last 65 years indicated that resolution of Kashmir issue was a must for durable peace in the sub-continent.

He observed, during this period of the time, there has been trade as well as exchange of delegations, but peace could not be maintained.

There were not only wars but the development in both nations also suffered, because the resources were spent on military, instead of economic development. The Chairman Kashmir Committee observed that the Indian minister had rightly said that military solution of the Kashmir issue was not possible. Therefore, India should withdraw its forces from the occupied Kashmir and remove the black laws enforced there.

He emphasized that deployment of huge forces as well as enactment of black laws in the state showed that all was not well there. He made it clear that Pakistan wants resolution of the issue in accordance with the wishes of the Kashmiri people and not that of India, as according to the latter, the state of Jammu and Kashmir is integral part of India and there is no freedom movement in the state.

The Chairman said, if there is no problem in the occupied Kashmir, then why India has deployed around eight hundred thousand forces there. He said that purpose of sending delegations and inter-locators like Padgonker for dialogue with the Kashmiris is the shove the Kashmir issue under the carpet.