Separatists To ‘confront’ Islamabad On Kashmir

Separatists To ‘confront’ Islamabad On Kashmir

2 July 2012
Greater Kashmir
Javaid Malik

New Delhi: Pakistan Foreign Secretary, Jalil Abbas Jilani, who will be meeting the Kashmiri separatist leaders in New Delhi on Tuesday, is likely to face some ‘plain-speaking’ as the separatist camp has decided to corner Islamabad for having agreed to discuss all issues with India except Kashmir. Pakistan Foreign Secretary is scheduled to meet the separatist leaders immediately after his arrival in New Delhi tomorrow. He is scheduled to hold parleys with his Indian counterpart Ranjan Mathai to discuss peace and security including CBMs, Jammu and Kashmir and promotion of friendly exchanges. Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Muhammad Yasin Malik who left for New Delhi this afternoon told Greater Kashmir that he would apprise the Pakistan Foreign Secretary about the prevailing situation in Kashmir. “Whenever I have met the Pakistani dignitaries, I have always told them bluntly that India and Pakistan cannot afford to freeze the Kashmir issue,” he said. “Kashmiris are not against the India-Pakistan talks nor are they against the ongoing Indo-Pak trade. We want to make it clear to them that they cannot keep on discussing every issue except Kashmir. Resolution of the Kashmir issue should be the focus of the talks and Kashmiris should be made a part of the decision making process,” he said. “If India and Pakistan don’t resolve Kashmir it will have far reaching consequences and younger generation can once again explore the option of taking up the arms,” Malik added. The Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (M), Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who would be leaving for New Delhi tomorrow, said; “We want to discuss many issues with the Pakistan Foreign Secretary. The most important point which we want to raise is that no headway is being made vis-à-vis Kashmir. Till date many rounds of talks between India and Pakistan have been held at various levels but nothing has moved. It seems these talks are not serving any purpose,” Mirwaiz said. “We have always said that we are neither against Indo-Pak parleys nor the other CBMs which the two countries are taking. Our concern is Kashmir issue and it has to be resolved according to the wishes and aspirations of Kashmiris,” he added. The spokesman of Hurriyat Conference (G), Ayaz Akbar, said that he would be accompanying the chairman of the conglomerate, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, to New Delhi. “We will leave on Tuesday,” he said. Akbar said that they don’t have any agenda as such. “We want to listen to him rather than discussing anything. Our policy is clear and we will stick to that, but we will make it clear to Islamabad that Kashmiris won’t accept any readymade solution neither can India and Pakistan impose any agreement on us,” he said. PTI ADDS FROM NEW DELHI: In an official announcement, Ministry of External Affairs today said; 'The Foreign Secretaries of India and Pakistan will meet here on Wednesday in New Delhi on July 4th and 5th to discuss peace and security including CBMs, Jammu and Kashmir and promotion of friendly exchanges.' The Foreign Secretaries' meeting was to be a precursor to talks between the Indo-Pak Foreign Ministers scheduled for the latter half of July in Islamabad. But the ministerial-level talks have been postponed as the dates were clashing with the Presidential poll here. The talks are likely to take place in August, according to officials. The Indo-Pak dialogue, which was stalled following the Mumbai attack in November 2008, resumed last year with both sides holding a series of meetings on the eight components under the ‘Composite Dialogue’ format, including terrorism, Kashmir, Siachen, Sir Creek and Trade. PAK RANGERS, BSF BEGIN BORDER TALKS Meanwhile, top brass of the Pakistan Rangers and Border Security Force (BSF) today began their four-day talks here to sort out a host of border-related issues including instances of ceasefire violation along the Indo-Pak frontier. An 18-member Pakistani delegation comprising officials of the border force and the Interior Ministry, led by Pakistan Rangers Director General (Sindh) Maj Gen Rizwan Akhtar, was accorded a ceremonial guard of honor by a BSF contingent at the headquarters of the Indian border guards here. Akhtar later had a meeting with BSF Director General U K Bansal after which the talks began, officials said. The Pakistani team had arrived here yesterday after entering India through the Wagah border. It includes the second Rangers DG (Punjab) Maj Gen Mian Muhammad Hilal Hussain, Additional Secretary in the Pakistan Interior Ministry Najibullah Khan and other officials. The two border guarding forces are meeting in Delhi for the first time and the talks are aimed at thrashing out a host of issues including recent incidents of firing and ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the Indo-Pak border. The officials said BSF is expected to flag a number of issues to the visiting team which include unprovoked firing by Pakistan troops in Jammu and Sialkot sectors, death of two BSF personnel in the last few months because of sniper firing and a spurt in the smuggling of narcotic drugs from across the border.