Musharraf attacked by Pakistani ministers over Kashmir

DAVOS/SWITZERLAND, 24JAN08 - Pervez Musharraf, President of Pakistan gestures as he talks during the session 'The Quest for Peace and Stability' at the Annual Meeting 2008 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 24, 2008. Copyright by World Economic Forum swiss-image.ch/Photo by Andy Mettler +++No resale, no archive+++

Islamabad:The Kashmir issue would have been resolved by now had not then Pakistan army chief Pervez Musharraf ousted Nawaz Sharif in 1999, a minister said in remarks published on Sunday.

DAVOS/SWITZERLAND, 24JAN08 - Pervez Musharraf, President of Pakistan gestures as he talks during the session 'The Quest for Peace and Stability' at the Annual Meeting 2008 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 24, 2008.  Copyright by World Economic Forum    swiss-image.ch/Photo by Andy Mettler +++No resale, no archive+++

Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid blamed Musharraf for harming the Jammu and Kashmir cause the most, the Dawn reported.

Speaking two days after Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif met his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in Russia, Rashid said everyone knew that Kashmir was “the real and major issue” between New Delhi and Islamabad.

He said the Kashmir issue would have been resolved by now and Pakistan would not be facing energy crisis and terrorism today if Musharraf had not overturned Sharif’s government in 1999.

After ousting Sharif, Musharraf became the president until he stepped down in 2008.

(IANS)