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Kargil intrusion a Pak blunder: Amanullah

2 October 1999
Daily Excelsior

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Amanullah Khan has termed Pakistan’s Kargil intrusion a blunder and said it had harmed the cause of Kashmir at the international level.

Pakistan’s dream that Jammu and Kashmir would fall into its lap sooner or later is wishful thinking, and its Kargil blunder has blown away whatever little chances there were of this happening, Khan has said in an open letter.

The letter, obtained by PTI here, is addressed to journalists, intellectuals, politicians and the Governments of India, Pakistan, Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

Castigating Pakistan for its mishandling of the Kargil issue at home and abroad, Khan said it is in its national interest that the Kashmir issue is solved peacefully, cordially, equitably (without harming the legitimate interests of India and Pakistan) and on the basis of the Kashmiri people’s aspirations.

Khan also criticised Kashmiri leaders in the letter, saying, by acting as instruments in the hands of India and Pakistan, Kashmiri leaders... Have created an impression at the international level that Kashmiris are just yes men of India and Pakistan.

Khan suggested an International Kashmir Committee comprising representatives of the UN Secretary General, the P-5 countries, Germany, Japan, the Organisation of Islamic Countries and Non-Aligned Movement to resolve the Kashmir issue.

The proposed panel which should be set up by the UN Secretary General or the Security Council should work to reunite the divided Jammu and Kashmir in five peaceful phases in consultation and cooperation with India, Pakistan and Kashmiri political parties after withdrawal of all foreign forces and armed militants from the state.

It will then make it a fully independent state for 15 years with a democratic, federal and secular system of Government, the letter says.

By a UN-supervised referendum at the end of the 15-year period, the people of Jammu and Kashmir will decide whether to remain independent or become a part of India or Pakistan. That verdict should be accepted by all concerned as the final settlement of the Kashmir issue, the letter says.

JKLF plans to cross the Line of Control on October 4 to protest an alleged move to convert it into an international boundary between India and Pakistan. (PTI)


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