January 2004 News

It's bigger surrender than Niazi: JKLF

12 January 2004
The Daily Excelsior
Daily Excelsior Correspondent

DUBAI: The joint statement of Pakistan with India after summit talks in Islamabad amounts to acceptance of 'freedom movement' in Kashmir as terrorism and is a bigger surrender than that of General Abdul Sattar Khan Niazi in 1971 in former East Pakistan, according to Amanullah Khan, chief of the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front. Khan, who had long been advocating an independent Kashmir, a demand not shared by even Pakistan, said Kashmiris will be the losers in the bilateral talks set to start soon. 'Kashmiris will be the main losers because both countries are bent upon ignoring their aspirations and dreams. We have objections against the joint- statement. When President Pervez Musharraf promises that he won’t allow any extremist activities against India from Pakistan territory, he clearly means Pakistan Kashmir and Gilgit. 'It means that freedom movement will face more difficulties in the future and their task would become more uphill. The anti-terrorism protocol signed by Pakistan could easily be misinterpreted and misused against the Kashmiri movement,' the JKLF chief said. 'Again our objection is that Pakistan had long been calling Kashmir an international issue or at least a trilateral issue, involving Kashmiris, Pakistan and India,' he told the Gulf News daily in an interview. The basis of the joint-statement is bilateral and there is no mention of Kashmiris, he said adding that it was 'a bigger surrender than that of General Niazi in 1971 in former East Pakistan.'(PTI)


Return to the Archives 2004 Index Page

Return to Home Page