No flexibility in Indian stance: AJK president
24 October 2004
Our Staff Correspondent
Muzaffarabad: AJK President Sardar Mohammad Anwar Khan on Sunday said the initiation of talks between India and Pakistan on Kashmir was a good thing, but regretted that there were no sign of flexibility in India's attitude. 'The situation in the region clearly reveals that India is still sticking to its policy of intransigence regarding the festering issue,' he said at a ceremony held at Police Lines here to mark the 57th Foundation Day of Azad Kashmir. AJK Prime Minister Sardar Sikandar Hayat, cabinet members, legislators, high-ranking civil and military officials and a large number of people attended the ceremony. 'India does not want talks to prove fruitful and include the Kashmiris in the process,' Mr Khan said, but made it clear that since the Kashmiris were key party and there could not be any solution to the issue without their involvement. 'Let it be clear that only that solution would be acceptable to the Kashmiris which would take into account their aspirations as well as the spirit of the United Nations resolutions,' he said. Congratulating the people of AJK and Pakistan on the Foundation Day, Mr Khan also stressed for self-accountability to judge whether the objectives had been achieved for which freedom from Dogra regime had been snatched in 1947 through armed struggle. 'The primary objective of the government in the base camp of freedom movement was to liberate the remaining portion and annex the whole state to Pakistan. Though we could not accomplish that objective so far, but we pledge to carry on our struggle in that direction,' he said. Recalling India's promise to provide an opportunity to Kashmiris under the UN auspices to decide their future on their own free will, he regretted that instead of honouring its commitments India had intensified repression in the Himalayan region to suppress the Kashmiris. The AJK president also paid tributes to the valiant Kashmiris for braving New Delhi's repression and assured them that 'they were not alone in their struggle but every single child of Azad Kashmir was on their back.' He also underlined the need of complete unity and solidarity and called upon every Kashmiri to play his role in this regard. 'Though there is no tension along the Line of Control as it used to prevail before the ceasefire, nevertheless the government and the people should always be vigilant to thwart the conspiracies of the enemy,' he said. He said that the Kashmiris had full faith in the assurance of President Gen Pervez Musharraf that their aspirations would be given top priority in any solution to the problem. 'People of Kashmir are fully satisfied with the categorical stand and policy of President Musharraf.' Prior to his speech, the president flanked by IGP Shahid Hasan inspected the parade and later took salute from the smartly turned out police contingents which marched past the audience on the drum beats of traditional police band.