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Change Musharraf's Kashmir policy, hardliners tell Zardari

Source: PTI
September 08, 2008 14:11 IST
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Pakistan will be in 'great trouble' if President-elect Asif Ali Zardari does not change the policies of his predecessor Pervez Musharraf, which have 'derailed the Kashmir issue', the founder of the outlawed Lashker-e-Taiba has said.

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Militant ideologue Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, who now heads the Jamat-ud-Dawah, called on the people of Pakistan to gather at the Line of Control to show solidarity with the residents of Jammu and Kashmir.

The policies of Musharraf derailed the Kashmir issue, which was also devalued before the international community, Saeed told a 'Kashmir solidarity' rally he led in the southern port city of Karachi on Sunday.

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Pakistan will be in great trouble if President-elect Zardari and his government did not change the policies of Musharraf, Saeed told hundreds of men who attended the rally, held near the mausoleum of Pakistan's founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

Saeed recalled Pakistan People's Party founder Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto's commitment to the Kashmir issue and said Zardari should send a message to the United States that the Pakistan Army is only for the defence of the country.

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Representatives of several religious groups and political parties also addressed the rally. Hardline Kashmiri separatist Ali Shah Geelani addressed the gathering on phone from Jammu and Kashmir.

A growing number of terrorist leaders have re-emerged in Pakistan after Musharraf's resignation in August to drum up support for their activities in Jammu and Kashmir. 

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