US Won’t Help Kashmir: Abbas At JKLF’s Fai Meet31 December 2011
Srinagar: Describing the indicted KAC chief, Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai, as a ‘messenger of peace’ and a ‘representative of the people of Jammu and Kashmir,’ separatist leaders on Saturday said that the US would not do justice to the Kashmir movement as it had its ‘own interests.’ At a seminar here, the JKLF chief, Muhammad Yasin Malik, announced to launch a state-wide signature campaign for Dr. Fai’s release, terming the expatriate Kashmiri, charged with secret funding from Pakistan’s ISI, as person with a “moderate bent of mind.” Apart from Malik, the patron of the Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen, Maulana Abbas Ansari, National Front leader Nayeem Khan, High Court Bar Association chief Mian Qayoom, several other separatist leaders spoke at the seminar held by the JKLF. The event had been organised on the role of the slain Prof Abdul Ahad Wani, and the US-based Dr. Fai, in the Kashmir movement. “Dr. Wani was among the front ranks when the militant front opened in Kashmir. He chose to fight the diplomatic battle. And eventually laid down his life for the Kashmir cause,” Malik said. “Even a top US general has described Dr. Wani as a man of peace, saying that 15 such persons could bring about a global revolution in peace,” Malik said. Speaking on Dr. Fai, Malik lauded the diplomatic role of the KAC chief in highlighting the Kashmir issue in the US. “Dr Fai wants a peaceful solution. He has never supported extremism. He has always advocated the moderate path, being himself a firm believer in moderation,” Malik said. Malik asked the US to show leniency in Dr. Fai’s case as, according to him, he was a representative of an oppressed people. Veteran Kashmiri leader Maulana Abbas Ansari said that the US would not do justice to the Kashmir movement as, according to him, America had its own interests to bear in mind and could not afford to ignore them. “Every nation has its own interests. Kashmiris, therefore, will have to rely solely on themselves and work collectively and jointly to resolve the Kashmir issue,” he said. “Conspiracies are being hatched to sabotage the Kashmir movement. Sectarian divides are being created among Kashmiris. We have to be vigilant and defeat such forces,” he said. Prominent separatist leader Shaukat Ahmad Bakhshi read out a message from PaK-based JKLF leader Amanullah Khan on Dr. Wani’s anniversary. The latter had been shot dead by gunmen in the Kashmir University campus in 1993. Those who attended the seminar included noted lawyers, Zaffar A Shah, Mian Abdul Qayum, writer and journalist Ghulam Nabi Khayal, columnist Dr. Javed Iqbal,Kumar Ji Wanchoo, Dr. Altaf Hussain, Dr Zaffar Mehdi and ZG Muhammad.