February 2008 News

Kashmir movement has no link with Al-Qaeda, Taliban: AJK president

3 February 2008
The News International

Islamabad: Azad Jammu and Kashmir President Raja Zulqarnain Khan has made it clear that the Kashmir independence movement has no link with the Taliban or Al-Qaeda, as it is the movement of the local Kashmiris. Talking to the newly-appointed AJK Inspector-General of Police Javed Noor and the media men separately at his residence here on Sunday, Zulqarnain said keeping in view the scenario of Iraq and Afghanistan, the police had been directed to enhance the security of the foreign experts working in the Muzaffarabad division. The IG assured the AJK president that he would try his level best to come up to the expectations of the people and the government, adding all-out cooperation would be made with the innocent and honest citizens. The anti-state elements, criminals and those trying to create instability would be dealt with iron hands without any fear and favour, he warned. The AJK president termed the AJK a peaceful region where the people were very cooperative, hospitable and friendly.Talking to the media men, he urged the citizens to lift garbage outside their houses by themselves, as it would clean all the roads, Muhallas, cities and streets automatically. 'We should move forward for the cleanliness of our country, cities, villages and streets, and it is our responsibility,' the AJK president said. He urged the political parties to shun their differences and work for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the AJK, adding it would be a historic achievement if we were able to fully overcome the challenge of reconstruction. About the Kashmir issue, the AJK president said the Kashmiris were trying their best to resist the oppression of the Indian occupied forces in held Kashmir. He added that the Kashmiri youth could leave guns when there were no occupied forces in held valley.The AJK president said neither the relations between Pakistan and India be improved nor peace could prevail in South Asia without the permanent solution of the Kashmir issue.

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