Kashmiris demand removal of Blackwill
21 January 2003
News Network International
ISLAMABAD: Senior Kashmiri leaders in Occupied and Azad Kashmir have strongly demanded replacement of US Ambassador to News Delhi Robert Blackwill for his 'malicious' and 'filthy' campaign to dub the freedom movement for Kashmir as terrorism. Blackwill, who is dubbed as an Indian stooge and a dangerous anti-Kashmir element by the top Kashmiri leadership, has on a number of occasion portrayed the Kashmir liberation movement as terrorism, and has backed the state terrorism unleashed by New Delhi in Occupied Kashmir. On Tuesday during the golden jubilee celebration of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in the San Jose (California), in the Imperial Ballroom of the Fairmont Hotel, Blackwill said: 'The US will continue to urge President Musharraf to do everything in his power to end permanently terrorist infiltration into Jammu and Kashmir.' Reacting to the Blackwill utterances, former AJK president, PM and supreme head of All Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference, Sardar Qayyum told NNI that Blackwill should not follow the Indian agenda, rather he should represent his country, the US. 'India has accepted Pakistan as a party to the Kashmir dispute in the UN, and Blackwill's statements against the freedom struggle in Held Kashmir will not stop it, but would affect the ongoing war against terrorism.' He urged the US to take notice of its New Delhi envoy and prohibit him from making controversial statements. 'The world understands the issue of Kashmir. Few terrorism incidents in the Occupied Kashmir have been condemned by Pakistan and the Kashmiris as well. In fact these incidents were plotted to malign the freedom struggle.' Qayyum urged Blackwill to avoid such controversial statements at the time when the world was seeking peace. 'If no difference was made between the freedom struggle and the terrorism the situation could go worse.' Earlier, speaking to a group of Non-Resident-Indians (NRIs) in New Delhi on January 11 this year, Blackwill, referring to the freedom fighters said: 'They are not religious perfectionists. And they are not freedom fighters. They are terrorists, and we should always be sure to call them exactly that.' Rejecting President Musharraf's observation that there was a freedom movement going on in Occupied Kashmir, Blackwill said it was terrorims and said the war against terrorism included the terrorism against India. Continuing, he said the United States would persist with its efforts to prevail upon Musharraf to 'end permanently' the terrorist infiltration into the State (Held Kashmir).