'Ceasefire is against Kashmiri wishes'
24 November 2003
The Daily Times
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Zafarullah Khan Jamali's announcement of a unilateral decision for a unilateral ceasefire on the Line of Control was made under pressure from the United States and does not reflect the wishes of the Kashmiri people, said Chaudhry Muhammad Ikram, vice president of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA).He was addressing a press conference on Supreme Court premises on Monday. 'This decision shows our weakness and is tantamount to a first step towards surrender on the Kashmir front,' he said while reacting to the Sunday's announcement of ceasefire from the Prime Minister.'Those Kashmiris who have vowed to fight till the liberation of Kashmir and who are facing Indian brutality would not accept the ceasefire decision. They would continue their holy war in the valley. In other words, we have withdrawn our support from their freedom struggle,' Mr Ikram said.To a question about the LFO, he said the legal fraternity has a very firm stance that no compromise can be made on this issue. The LFO was neither a part of the Constitution nor it would be in the future, he said. He said lawyers would continue their struggle for the supremacy of parliament and upholding of the 1973 Constitution. 'We are the custodians of the Constitution and we will never accept any adulteration of it such as the LFO,' he said. -Staff Report