January 2003 News

JKLF chief assails Musharraf move on LoC

18 January 2003
The Hindu
B. Muralidhar Reddy

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan chapter of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) has accused the Pakistan President, Pervez Musharraf, of floating the idea of conversion of the Line of Control (LoC) as International Boundary and announced to wage a month-long campaign against it. Addressing a news conference here today the JKLF Pakistan chapter chief, Amanullah Khan, claimed that the former President of the Pak Occupied Kashmir and Chairman of the Pakistan Kashmir Committee, Sardar Qayyum Khan, has advocated the need for talks with India on conversion of LoC as border at the behest of the Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali Government. Mr. Khan said that the Pakistan Foreign Secretary, Riaz Khokar, had a meeting with Mr. Qayyum Khan a day before he announced about the need for a dialogue with India on LoC issue. When reminded that Mr. Qayyum Khan had denied having made any such comments, Mr. Amanullah Khan said 'what else could be expected of him' Being an ardent advocate of an independent Kashmir, Mr. Khan said his organisation would launch a campaign on LoC issue from February 11, which marks the 18th death anniversary of Maqbool Butt, who was sentenced to death by India on February 11, 1984. The campaign would include protest demonstrations, rallies and seminars in PoK, Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan, in different cities of Pakistan and in London, Brussels and New York. Decision to oppose the conversion of LoC was taken by the Central Executive Committee (CEC) of the JKLF on the recommendation of its Policy and Planning Committee (PPC). The CEC discussed recommendations of the PPC which included launching a campaign at national and international level on the 'ill-conceived efforts being made by different quarters to turn the so-called LoC in Kashmir into permanent border between India and Pakistan as a final settlement of the Kashmir issue. The Committee also expressed opposition to the Gen. Musharraf's four- point formula to resolve Kashmir issue. It is not clear what prompted the JKLF to rake up the 'four point' plan mooted by Gen. Musharraf for resolution of Kashmir issue. He had first mooted it in his much-publicised breakfast meeting with a group of Indian editors at Agra, hours before his summit meeting with the Prime Minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee. The four point 'formula' envisages talks between India and Pakistan; acceptance of Kashmir as a dispute; elimination of alternatives not acceptable to both India and Pakistan and discussions for hammering out a settlement. Mr. Khan's logic was that elimination of alternatives not acceptable in the four-point formula leaves only conversion of LoC as the border. 'After all, what else is left when you talk of leaving out all options that are not acceptable to either side'. Mr. Khan said a suggestion of changing LoC into India-Pakistan border was tantamount to treating 15 million Kashmiris as 'dumb driven cattle by those who make such inhuman suggestions'. He said that it amounted to betraying of over 80,000 persons who had laid down their lives for their national emancipation by those Kashmiris who accept this treacherous proposal. No patriotic and self-respectful Kashmiri would accept it. The CEC also discussed the four-point formula of Gen. Musharraf. Its second point was that during the proposed India-Pakistan talks on Kashmir issue, all those solutions of Kashmir issue not accepted by India and Pakistan be excluded from the agenda of the talks. India does not agree for a plebiscite, conceding self-determination right to Kashmiris, accepting them as a party to the issue nor does it agree to the third party mediation.


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