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    DCC okays Washington accord: Mujahideen urged to withdraw from Kargil

    DCC okays Washington accord: Mujahideen urged to withdraw from Kargil



    ISLAMABAD, July 9: The Pakistan government on Friday formally appealed to the Mujahideen
    to de-escalate the situation by withdrawing from the Kargil sector. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif met 11 Mujahideen leaders immediately after the Defence Committee of the Cabinet (DCC) meeting and requested them to pull back. "Yes, 11 leaders of the freedom fighters held an important meeting with the prime minister in which they were requested to withdraw from Kargil," said the Minister for Religious Affairs and the Leader of the House in the Senate, Raja Zafarul Haq.
    Asked about the response of the Mujahideen, Zafar told Dawn that the prime minister had sought the Mujahideen leaders' support
    for reducing the heightening tension in the region.
    "But there is no timeframe as such which was discussed," the minister said while hoping that the Mujahideen would withdraw as
    quickly as possible.
    However, Raja Zafarul Haq said that the DCC decided to continue to offer all kinds of diplomatic, moral and political support to
    the freedom fighters to achieve independence from India.
    "There is no sellout and the Mujahideen do understand this," said Zafar. "Now the onus is on the international community to fulfil its commitment and help resolve the Kashmir issue," he stated.
    Earlier, the DCC decided to appeal to the Mujahideen to help resolve the current Kargil crisis and provide an opportunity to the
    international community to play an active role for the realisation of the legitimate aspirations of the Kashmiri people and to promote peace and development in South Asia.
    The participants of the meeting included the ministers of foreign affairs, finance, interior and religious affairs, the three services chiefs,the foreign and defence secretaries and some other senior officials.
    "Practical withdrawal from Kargil has started with the DCC decision and Mr. Sharif's subsequent meeting with the Mujahideen
    leaders," a ministerial source said while adding that "concrete steps" had been taken for de-escalation by the country's highest
    defence body.
    The source said from the Pakistani side, the sanctity of the Line of Control was being restored and that practical demonstration had
    been made by the DCC to adhere to the Washington declaration.
    According to an official announcement, the DCC reviewed the results of the prime minister's visit to Washington. It was given a detailed briefing by Foreign Secretary Shamshad Ahmad on the background of the visit, the talks in Washington and their outcome along with their impact on the situation in Kashmir.
    The committee was informed that the visit represented the culmination of intense diplomatic activity in recent weeks and the prime minister's contacts, through letters and telephonic conversations with various world leaders, including the secretaries general of the UN and the OIC.
    Throughout this period, Pakistan has kept its focus on mutual respect of the Line of Control by both the countries, de-escalation and dialogue for the resolution of the crisis while maintaining the international community's engagement with the larger issue of Kashmir which was the root-cause of tensions and conflicts in the region.
    The DCC appreciated the prime minister's diplomatic initiatives, including the efforts with the G-8, for a better understanding of
    Pakistan's position, his visit to China and contacts with the world leaders as well as securing the OIC endorsement of Pakistan's
    position on the current crisis and the Kashmir issue.
    The DCC lauded the prime minister's efforts to highlight to the world that the Kargil situation was just one aspect of the larger
    Kashmir issue, which must be addressed urgently.
    The committee particularly noted that President Clinton had all along, throughout the past two months, kept himself involved in the Kashmir situation. In his meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Washington, President Clinton had pledged to continue to
    take personal interest in encouraging an expeditious resumption and intensification of the Lahore process for resolving all issues
    between India and Pakistan, particularly Kashmir.
    The committee considered it a significant development as this was the first time that the US had agreed to play such a role in search for the final settlement of the Kashmir dispute.
    The DCC took the view that Pakistan's objective of focusing international attention on the Kashmir issue and securing the US
    involvement with the process for its settlement had been achieved.
    It also expressed satisfaction that the joint statement issued in Washington had included the main elements of Pakistan's position, i.e. respect for the Line of Control by both India and Pakistan, de-escalation of the volatile situation in Kargil and, subsequently, the resumption of the dialogue for a final settlement of the Kashmir dispute as part of the Lahore process.
    The DCC paid tributes to the Mujahideen for their valiant and courageous action which had once again focused the international
    community's attention on their just cause for the Kashmiris' right of self-determination. The sacrifices offered by the Mujahideen
    would reinforce the indigenous struggle of the Kashmiris until the realisation of their cherished goal.
    "The responsibility of the international community in this respect now is to emphatically assert itself on the side of the Kashmiri people for a successful outcome of their legitimate and just cause which alone will guarantee durable peace and stability in South Asia," it said.
    The DCC saluted the martyrs who had made the supreme sacrifice for the defence of their sacred cause and the honour of the
    country.
    The DCC also paid tributes to the armed forces of Pakistan for their courage and determination to defend the independence and the territorial integrity of the country and to meet and challenge any aggression against the motherland.

    dil..dilseeee

    #2
    Dilse, why are u reproducing entire 'Dawn' on this forum. Mirror site of 'Dawn' or what?

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      #3
      ZZ adab..if you dont like dont read,may be somebody dosent read dawn...OK

      dil..dilseeee

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        #4
        OK! as u please!

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          #5
          ZZ..agar ap hukum da to mai sara posting delete kar doon ga,if it makes you happy...hukum sarkar....


          dil...dilseee

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            #6
            I think DCC should withdraw themselves. Its a shame for incompetent people!

            Fata Morgana

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