PAK President’s ‘Formula 4’… Was the matter really made between Atal-Musharraf on the Kashmir issue?
1. The first of the four points of Musharraf’s plan was that lakhs of soldiers are stationed in Kashmir on both sides of the LoC. According to Musharraf’s proposal both India and Pakistan would have to withdraw their troops for a lasting peace. Will it be a phased withdrawal or something both the sides need to consider.
2. There will be no change in the boundaries of Kashmir. However, people of Jammu and Kashmir will be allowed to move freely across the Line of Control (LoC). If India accepted Musharraf’s plan, India would have to accept Pakistan’s sovereignty over Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (which Pakistan refers to as its Azad Kashmir province) and in return Pakistan would accept Indian occupation of part of Jammu and Kashmir on behalf of India. will accept
3. Pakistan had long been an advocate of ‘self-determination of Kashmiris’, but Musharraf was willing to give it up in favor of greater autonomy. This proposal also meant that Article 370 would remain in Jammu and Kashmir forever and the Bharatiya Janata Party, which had been talking about abolishing it from the beginning, would have to leave the issue.
4. A Joint Supervision Mechanism in Jammu and Kashmir involving India, Pakistan and Kashmir. Musharraf’s emphasis was on involving the local Kashmiri leadership in this. Years after the summit failed, Musharraf claimed that the Indian side had reneged on the agreement while the draft resolution was ready for signature. Musharraf said in a program in 2004 that I was told that the Indian cabinet had refused to give its approval.
Musharraf mentioned talks after 5 years like this
Five years after the talks, General Pervez Musharraf wrote his autobiography ‘In the Line of Fire’ in 2006, and mentioned this incident like this, ‘Met Indian Prime Minister Vajpayee at around 11 pm. The atmosphere was serious. I told him in two words that it seems that there is someone who is above both of us and in front of whom neither of us can walk. This embarrassed both of us.
Advani has written in My Country My Life that the General had not taken my name but was alluding to me. Atal Bihari Vajpayee termed Musharraf’s statement as a complete lie and said that his obstinate attitude, trying to prove terrorism in Kashmir as a war of independence proved to be important in failing the Agra Agreement.
Advani’s question blew Musharraf’s face
Lal Krishna Advani had asked Musharraf such a question even before the Agra summit, which made his face pale. There should be an extradition treaty between the two countries and Musharraf said yes. Meanwhile, Advani said that before this treaty is formally implemented, if you hand over Dawood Ibrahim, responsible for the 1993 Mumbai blasts, to India, then it will be of great help in taking the peace process forward. Musharraf’s face changed after hearing this.