Let Kashmiris decide own fate, says Zardari

ZardariSays PPP pursuing Benazir Bhutto’s policy

LONDON: Former President and Pakistan People’s Party Co-Chariman Asif Ali Zardari Monday urged India to give Kashmiris a chance to decide their fate.

“India should give Kashmiris the option of referendum the way Scots were given recently by Britain,” Zardari said while addressing a news conference in London.

He said that Pakistan wants good relations with all the neighbouring countries including India.

Over the issue of terrorism, the former president said that war on terror is a war between mindsets. “We must defeat the mindset of terrorism at all levels,” he added.

Zardai said PPP paid a heavy price to put an end to 10-year long dictatorship in the country.

“Benazir Bhutto sacrificed her life for the restoration of democracy in Pakistan,” he added.

Meanwhile, Asif Ali Zardari Monday said his party was pursuing the policy of Benazir Bhutto.

Addressing a press conference here, Asif Zardari said his party respects the laws of Britain and accepts the decision of not allowing it to hold a rally in Birmingham due to security reasons.

He said when he was president of Pakistan he had told the world leaders on more than one occasion that ‘we are losing the war against terrorism’ but the warning fell on deaf ears. “The actual war is with a terrorist mindset,” he added. Asif Zardari said PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari only expressed his own opinion and MQM should not react angrily to it. “If MQM wishes to meet me, it knows my address in London. Our doors are open for MQM,” he said in reply to a question.

To another question, Asif Zardari termed the language used by PTI Chairman, Imran Khan, as inappropriate. “No one can use such language for their political opponents,” he added. He said whatever Imran Khan says reflects his personality and mindset. The PPP Co-Chairman said his party does not support Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif but the democratic set-up. “We want the incumbent Parliament to complete its term,” he added. Agencies


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