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Pak may disown Hizb-ul Mujahideen

New Delhi, May 19
A Pakistani paper has suggested that the roadmap to the easing of the Indo-Pak tension could also include the complete “disowning” of the Hizb-ul Mujahideen.

News Line, a Karachi-based monthly magazine, said that this year the sub-continent’s summer did not look to be one of diplomatic discontent as a string of confidence-building measures by Delhi and Islamabad had radically changed the diplomatic environment in South Asia.

It claimed that the day Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee stated about the restoration of diplomatic ties with Pakistan, a high-level meeting was called in Islamabad to decide a whole range of initiatives which Pakistan could come up with to match India’s offer.

“Quoting diplomatic sources, it claimed that the ideal scenario that could unfold over the coming months included disowning the Hizb-ul Mujahideen and withdrawing field commanders operating in the name of Kashmir,” it said.

The disowning of the Hizb-ul Mujahideen would be the last nail which would be preceded by Pakistan ending support to the Kashmiri militants and bringing infiltration to point zero and dismantling of all training camps and cutting off all weapon supplies to the militant groups operating in the name of Kashmir.

The News Line said that the western diplomats were quite candid in saying that while the USA would not unfurl a roadmap for Kashmir in deference to Pakistani and Indian sensibilities, Washington fingerprints were all over the new winds of change blowing across the region. PTI

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