10 Pro-militant groups float new political outfit in J&K
16 May 2002
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: Playing the peace card, ten pro-militant groups in Jammu and Kashmir today floated a new political outfit called the Jammu and Kashmir People’s Party (JKPP) which urged both India and Pakistan to end hostilities. The convener of JKPP Imran Rahi, a former divisional commander of Pakistan-backed Hizbul Mujahideen, told newsmen here that the new amalgam favoured a peaceful solution to the Kashmir issue through dialogue and not with gun. Significantly, Rahi said his outfit was not insisting on the inclusion of Kashmiri groups in any dialogue process. He did not rule out the participation of JKPP in the coming Assembly elections provided that would help in resolving the Kashmir issue which he described as a ''human problem'' He blamed both India and Pakistan for the present situation in the State. Rahi, who was expelled from HuM after he and three other militants entered into a dialogue with New Delhi in 1996, refused to comment on the ongoing rift in the militant outfit. He, however, said doors were open for all the former commanders including Abdul Majid Dar expelled by the Pakistan based leadership to join the new grouping provided he leaves the gun. Rahi said the purpose behind floating the new amalgam was that the 23-party grouping Hurriyat failed in its duty to give the right direction to the freedom movement. He also accused the Hurriyat of sabotating the centre’ offer of dialogue with various Kashmiri groups. The new grouping included some former militant organisations.