JKLF leader warns of intifada in Jammu and Kashmir
2 October 2007
The Daily Times
New Delhi: A senior Kashmiri leader has warned of an intifada in Jammu and Kashmir, as he believed the peace process between India and Pakistan had failed to show any tangible results. Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) leader Javed Ahmed Mir, who was here for the past one week meeting diplomats, said that India and Pakistan have failed to realise the anger building up in Srinagar. The bubble will burst in the near future, he said, forecasting that a repeat of a 1989 situation was in the pipeline, when people thronged the streets in large numbers. Mir is among the pioneers of the armed struggle in Kashmir. He has served as the chief commander of the JKLF also, and presently heads his own faction of the organisation. He said the confidence building measures (CBMs) introduced a few years ago including the bus service and free movement across the border had raised hopes in Kashmir. However, he said, they seem to have been dashed as the situation of human rights had not improved and the Indian Army was consolidating and widening its bases in Jammu and Kashmir. Just and fair: We are still far away from a just and fair settlement, he stated. While praising President Pervez Musharraf for showing flexibility in his attitude, the JKLF leader said it was not reciprocated by India. Unless India reciprocates, I do not see the peace process going anywhere, he added. He stated that the CBMs should be accompanied by tangible efforts including steps like gradual demilitarisation and the release of prisoners. Mir said that while there was a mechanism to release prisoners during the previous National Democratic Alliance government in the state, the current government has completely forgone such a mechanism. The JKLF leader asked the international community including the UN, the USA, the UK and the European Union to revive the peace process, which he said could stand a chance if India agrees minimise its troops in the area. He also asked the Hurriyat Conference to reject any offer of talks unless New Delhi took some practical steps. He asked the Indian intelligentsia to rescue the people suffering in Kashmir.