Malik To Boycott Pugwash Conference

Malik To Boycott Pugwash Conference

30 August 2013
Kashmir Times


Srinagar: JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik today alleged that Pugwash conference on Jammu Kashmir is acting against the national interests of Kashmiris and only safeguarding the interests of India and Pakistan. “This is a painful reality and we cannot witness this anti-Kashmiri attitude as a silent spectator,” Malik said in a statement. The Pugwash conference is scheduled to be held from September 15 to17 in Pakistani capital Islamabad. Malik along with senior JKLF leaders in Pakistan, Mohammad Rafiq Dar, has been invited to attend the conference. JKLF chairman stated that Pugwash is again gathering Indian, Pakistani and Kashmiri leadership across ceasefire line and intellectuals in five star hotel in Islamabad to discuss Jammu Kashmir. “In 2006, I along with senior JKLF leader engineer Ghulam Rasool Dar attended Pugwash conference held in Islamabad. Leaders from India, Pakistan, Azad Kashmir and this part of Kashmir both from pro azadi and pro India camp were present with a galaxy of intellectuals. We discussed for hours and during one of the sessions, I put forth a resolution before the participants. The resolution said people of Jammu Kashmir welcome the peace process and dialogue process between India and Pakistan. Since Kashmir was not a border dispute between the two countries but an issue of determining the future of millions of Kashmiris who have and are giving sacrifices for this just cause. India and Pakistan cannot solve this problem bilaterally and will have to accept the owner status of Kashmiris vis-à-vis Kashmir and as a prime party include them in this resolution process,” Malik said. He added that the resolution also said that for making dialogue process transparent and acceptable to all and fruitful it was imperative to include the militant leadership in Jehad Council into it. Malik said that surprisingly all the participants including the delegates from India accepted and passed this resolution in one go. He said a press conference was scheduled at the end of this conference and before the press conference he enquired about the text of the press conference. “I was informed that the text and matter that was to be delivered to the press was prepared by three persons. I was surprised to see that this text had no mention of any resolutions passed in the conference. All it had was the matters related to cross LoC trade. I protested against this and said that if the organisers delivered the press conference with the same matter, I will have no option but to counter it in another press conference and put the reality before the people.The press conference was skipped but all this matter was leaked to the press in Jammu and Kashmir,” he said. JKLF chairman accused Pugwash organisers of “dishonesty” and maintained that it’s only job was to brush aside the national interests of Kashmiris, safeguard the interests of India and Pakistan and gather Kashmiri leadership just to vet the programmes and proposals of India and Pakistan and provide legitimacy to these programmes. “This has become clear to us that the Pugwash conference has no respect for resolutions passed or ideas presented by the participants and only pursues the agenda of some people. Because of these very facts JKLF has decided to boycott this conference and remain away from it,” Malik said.