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Pakistan help in Kashmir issue has boomeranged: Amanullah Khan

26th March 1998
UNI

Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Amanullah Khan has said that Kashmiris regret their choice of Pakistan as their advocate for the Kashmir issue.

The advocate, he wrote in a long letter to Urdu daily Jang, "has gifted away one-sixth of the property of his client (Kashmiris) to his friend China, has occupied one-third of it himself and uses the remaining half as a bargaining counter for trade with the defendant (India)."

Though Pakistan advocates the right of self-determination for Kashmiris, in reality it denies this right by insisting the locals are confined to their choice of accession to either India or Pakistan. It uses the United Nations resolutions on Kashmir as a weapon to keep them away from self-determination, Amanullah Khan said.

"Thanks to Pakistan's Kashmir policy the world public has lost interest in the Kashmir problem and the Kashmiris have lost their support. This argument of ours is countered by giving the example of the Organisation of Islamic Conference support. But what has the OIC done except pass empty resolutions which India does not recognise?" he asked.

In his letter, Khan says the total area of Jammu and Kashmir, which includes that occupied by Pakistan and China, is a little more than 84,000 square miles.

"But for some years now the Pakistan television, which is totally under government control, has been showing 14,000 square miles of Aksai Chin as part of China and 27,000 square miles of Gilgit and Baltistan as its own. Thus the PTV has reduced the area of Jammu and Kashmir to 42,000 square miles," he claimed.

Pakistan's Kashmir policy has angered Kashmiris but they are eschewing a violent expression of this anger because India may benefit from it. "But the zealous Kashmiris would not allow the loot of their property at the hands of their advocate," Khan said.

Six years ago, Khan, in an interview to the same paper, had regretted that after using his party for starting trouble in Kashmir the Pakistani intelligence agencies had dropped it in favour of fundamentalist groups who stood for Kashmir's accession to Pakistan.


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