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Rajiv Gandhi, Benazir were ready to resolve Kashmir issue: Asif Ali Zardari

Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated while campaigning for the Congress party candidate in Sriperumbudur on May 21, 1991

Press Trust of India  |  Lahore 

Pakistan Peoples Party chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari and former president Asif Ali Zardari. Photo: Twitter (@BBhuttoZardari)
Pakistan Peoples Party chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari and former president Asif Ali Zardari. Photo: Twitter (@BBhuttoZardari)

Rajiv Gandhi and were ready to resolve the amicably but the Indian leader was assassinated during the election campaign, Pakistan's former president has claimed.

Zardari also revealed that former dictator Gen (retd.) Pervez Musharraf had come up with a plan on but other generals could not agree to it.

"BB (Benazir Bhutto) sahiba had spoken to Rajiv Gandhi in 1990 who agreed to resolve the amicably. Rajiv told Benazir that during the last 10 years no one including Gen Zia from spoke with us on this issue," Zardari said at a Kashmir rally here last evening.

"He (Rajiv) admitted that Kashmir was an important issue and should be resolved. Rajiv said he would take up this issue with after coming to power but he was assassinated (in 1991)," the former president added.

Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated while campaigning for the Congress party candidate in Sriperumbudur on May 21, 1991.

The People's Party co-chairman further said that no other except PPP took up this issue with India.

After Benazir, it was PPPs previous (2008-13) that had taken up the Kashmir issue with the then Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh.

Zardari said Musharraf's (India friendly) plan on the Kashmir issue was rejected by other generals.

"I have a copy of that secret plan of Musharraf on Kashmir. When Musharraf presented that plan before other generals they left the room," he said.

He said ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif cannot talk on the Kashmir issue even in his Muzafarabad (Pakistan-occupied Kashmir) rally as he is a friend of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"A friend of Modi cannot talk on Kashmir. Sharif was rightly ousted from the prime minister house for betraying Kashmiris," he said.

First Published: Tue, February 06 2018. 17:09 IST
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