Vested interests distorting my book, Soz to BJP allegations

Srinagar, Jun 24: Alleging that vested interests, particularly BJP are distorting his book, senior Congress leader Prof Saifuddin Soz on Sunday said the book suggests emphatically that the two closest neighbours and two full-fledged Nuclear Powers cannot live in perpetual animosity and, therefore, have to forge an abiding friendship and good neighbourly relations.
The vested interests are distorting the fact, particularly, the BJP, Prof Soz said in a statement here Sunday.
“I have merely explained how, the then President of Pakistan Musharraf had told the Army and political class of Pakistan that even though, Kashmiris would want independence, it was not possible at all. He (Musharraf) had, therefore, mooted his famous ‘Formula’ of peace and dignity with India”, he said.
He (Musharraf) has stressed the fact that the two closest neighbours (Nuclear Powers), could never settle the problem on Kashmir through war and, therefore, his formula that envisaged no change in borders and free movement among five erstwhile regions of the Jammu and Kashmir State (three regions with India and two regions with Pakistan) was explained in a ‘Non-Paper’ still available with two countries.
My book suggests emphatically that the two closest neighbours and two full-fledged Nuclear Powers cannot live in perpetual animosity and, therefore, have to forge an abiding friendship and good neighbourly relations.
As for today’s Kashmir, I emphasize the fact that no amount of repression through force can settle the issue, Prof Soz said.
The only course available is a meaningful ‘Political Dialogue’, preferably to be initiated with the ‘Hurriyat Conference’ represented by the ‘Joint Resistance Leadership’. It is then, that the dialogue process will move to the mainstream. What is wrong in it, when NDA government is also doing the same in their own manner?, he asked
Meanwhile, the BJP is dead-set to distort my views as they are organizing a debate on Communal Lines with their eyes on ‘General Election-2019, the former union minister said.
“I again reiterate that the views which I have expressed in my book are my own and these have nothing to do with the Congress Party.”