JKLF to boycott "tea party" at Pak HC
10 July 2001
The News International
HELD SRINAGAR: A leader of prominent Kashmiri group on Tuesday said he will boycott a "tea party" for Kashmiri leaders at the Pakistani high commission (embassy) in New Delhi, when he visits India this weekend.Javed Mir, vice chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), said the invitation to tea party at the Pakistani high commission (embassy) in New Delhi is insulting. "To invite the Hurriyat for a cup of tea amounts to humiliation," said Mir."Despite our relentless efforts, Kashmiris have not been included in the talks between India and Pakistan. The sacrifice of more than 80,000 lives has been overlooked," he said. The JKLF favours total independence for Kashmir and is firmly opposed to the future of the region being discussed as a purely bilateral issue between India and Pakistan. "If Kashmir is to be discussed, Kashmiris cannot be ignored," Mir said.Meanwhile, All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) called for a protest strike in the strife-torn Jammu and Kashmir on Friday, ahead of the weekend summit between India and Pakistan. "Hurriyat appeals to people to observe a complete strike on July 13 to remember the martyrs of Kashmir. The July 13 strike is also important because the Pakistan-India summit begins the next day," the APHC said in statement on Tuesday.On July 13, 1931, dozens of Kashmiri demonstrators protesting against a Hindu ruler of independent Jammu and Kashmir, Maharaja Hari Singh, were gunned down by police in Srinagar. The Hurriyat renewed its bid to be invited to take part in the summit. "The talks on Kashmir will be fruitless without the participation of the real representatives of Kashmir," the APHC statement said.The APHC leaders have been invited to a Pakistan High Commission (embassy) reception in honour of Musharraf on Saturday. India has repeatedly made it clear that it objects to the prospect of a meeting between Musharraf and the leaders of the separatist umbrella group.