'Kashmiris Not Averse To Indo-PaK Dialogue Process'

'Kashmiris Not Averse To Indo-PaK Dialogue Process'

18 April 2012
Greater Kashmir
Nisar Ahmed Thokar

Islamabad: Former PaK premier, Barrister Sultan Mehmood Chudhary and the JKLF chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik have reiterated their call for a meaningful and result-oriented dialogue between key stakeholders to seek an amicable and lasting solution to the lingering dispute of Kashmir in line with the peoples’ aspirations. Talking to the media men here on Wednesday, both the leaders said that Kashmiris were not averse to Indo-Pak dialogue process but they wanted that the talks process should continue so that all issues particularly the core issue of Kashmir could be settled through peaceful means. The duo, however, maintained that the inclusion of Kashmiris in the talks was imperative as they observed that there would be no progress in peace talks between India and Pakistan unless Kashmiris were made part of the negotiating process. JKLF chief, Muhammad Yasin Malik said that Kashmiri people have rendered tremendous sacrifices over the last several decades and the idea of leaving Kashmir solution to next generations does not augur well under the given circumstances. He said that following 9-11 episode Kashmiris, to the desire of international community, gave up violent movement and started a peaceful, non-violent and democratic struggle to achieve the cherished goal. “It is high time now that the international community must reciprocate and respond positively to the Kashmiri peoples’ call for a just solution of Kashmir issue”, he said adding that Kashmiris who have offered matchless sacrifices would continue their struggle for a peaceful solution of the dispute. He made it emphatically clear that putting Kashmir on back burner, status-quo or the proposals like freezing Kashmir for a certain period of time won’t be acceptable to the people of Kashmir. He maintained that without wasting much time the two countries should make serious efforts to resolve this long pending issue to ensure durable peace in the region. Barrister Chuhary lauded the sacrifices made by Kashmiris and said that he would accept every decision of Kashmiri leadership vis-à-vis the resolution of Kashmir imbroglio saying that they (Kashmiri separatist leaders) continued the struggle for right to self-determination despite all odds. He was of the view that despite repression and suppression India failed to quell the voice of Kashmiri people. He said that in his capacity he had made all out efforts to project and promote Kashmir cause at international level. However, he admitted the fact that Kashmiri leadership on this side of line of control failed to play their due role. He also assured his full support to Kashmiris’ ongoing struggle to achieve the cherished goal of right to self-determination. Earlier, Barrister Chudhary had a detailed meeting with JKLF stalwarts and Hurriyat leaders including the APHC convener Mehmood Ahmed Saghar, Muhammad Farooq Rehmani, Syed Yousuf Naseem and others at his residence in Islamabad.