ISLAMABAD - Former Senate chairman Wasim Sajjad on Sunday said former president Pervez Musharraf was very near to resolving the Kashmir dispute through his formula of not touching the boundary lines.
In an interview with this news agency, Sajjad disclosed that Musharraf had wanted both the countries to normalise the situation on the Line of Control and the Kashmiris should be allowed to move freely across the state.
"A joint local government of the Kashmiris be formed from both sides of the Valley," he quoted Musharraf as having advocated. He said Musharraf's suggestions were not taken into account.
Sajjad predicted the peoples of India and Pakistan wanted to resolve the issue that would bring prosperity and development across the region.
When asked the present government did not accept Musharraf's agreement and Nawaz wanted to restart dialogue on the basis of that agreement which was signed in 1997 during Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's visit to Pakistan, Sajjad said there was no problem as the masses only needed a solution to problems; they had nothing to do with the agreements.
"Indian prime minister also wants cordial relations with Pakistan, and the government should benefit from this opportunity," he stressed.
Talking about high treason case against Pervez Musharraf, the former Senate chairman said that was understandable that he was being tried for the crime as he abrogated the Constitution in October 1999 but he was being tried for abrogating only one clause of the Constitution on November 3, 2007.
Responding to a question, Sajjad said the present government had failed to mitigate problems facing the masses. He said the government had restored electricity by paying circular debt of Rs500 billion, but load-shedding had started again.
"Circular debt is rising again and dollar had increased up to Rs110 that was decreased to Rs110," he added.
To a query about Saudi foreign minister's visit to Pakistan, the former lawmaker said if Saudi Arabia played any role in the Musharraf case, that would be good.
About the government-Taliban dialogue process, Sajjad said no progress had been observed in that scenario. He added he had suggested the government to move forward in this regard; otherwise it would be held responsible for any kind of delay as the situation was worsening with each passing day.
Talking about Bangladesh, he expressed concerns over execution of Abdul Qadir Mollah and said when international pressure would build up on Bangladesh, then the government would take necessary steps to control the situation.