Kashmir Not A Border Dispute: Malik
17 February 2004
News Network International
Doda: Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Mohammad Yaseen Malik has asserted that Kashmir is not a border dispute between India and Pakistan and this issue cannot be resolved without the participation of people of Jammu and Kashmir. Addressing a public gathering here, Yaseen Malik said that India and Pakistan, by holding talks on Kashmir, cannot resolve this long pending issue of their own, but have to take into confidence the people of the State, who matter the most, daily Excelsior reported. The JKLF supremo said that people of Jammu and Kashmir are the most affected lot and both India and Pakistan have to realise this reality while addressing to this issue. He asserted that no talks will be fruitful on Kashmir, unless people of Jammu and Kashmir are taken into confidence and their aspirations taken care of. This, Malik said, was not his individualistic opinion, but the voice of over 10 lakh people who have recently participated in the signature campaign in support of their demand. 'The people of the state want that no talks on Kashmir are fruitful unless people of the state are included into such dialogue while resolving this issue', the JKLF leader said. Yaseen Malik threatened that if India and Pakistan ignore this hard reality and proceed with the talks without the participation of Kashmiris, then the people of the state living on both the sides of the border, will launch a struggle and agitation. The JKLF chief said that he was thankful to the people of the Doda, who too have supported the cause of 'freedom struggle' and sacrificed their lives for this 'cause'. Malik had also all praise for the people, especially those living in Jammu region, who maintained communal harmony and universal brotherhood during all these years of tension and instability. He hoped that people will maintain the same spirit in future also and will work together in achieving their 'goal'. Earlier, Yaseen Malik was accorded a warm reception on his arrival here. He went through various bazars and lanes of the town, amidst 'freedom' slogans and people cheering him and pleading to support his cause. Among others who spoke on the occasion, included Ishtiaq Ahmad Dev, Shoukat Ahmad Bakshi, Dinesh Arora and DFP chief organisor Mohd Shaffi Rangrez.