Syed Salahuddin, the chairman United Jehad Council (UJC), an amalgam of militant organisations operating in Jammu said that the peace process could be meaningful only if troops are withdrawn from the state.
In a faxed statement to a local news agency Kashmir News Service, a UJC spokesperson Syed Sadaqat Hussain quoting Salahuddin said that, the peace process holds no meaning till the steps aimed at resolving the long-standing dispute of Kashmir are not taken as per the aspirations of the people of the state.
Salahuddin has said that if troops are not recalled to barracks and the ruthless laws like the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and the Disturbed Area Act are not repealed and an immediate end is not brought to the human rights abuses in the state, the peace talks will be useless.
He said that the demilitarisation from the state should be taken up in the real sense of the word and not be limited to paper work.
However, the UJC supreme said that the militants would continue to offer 'sacrifices' for the 'ongoing freedom movement' so that it is taken to its logical conclusion.
Salahuddin added that the self-governance is no solution to the Kashmir issue as it has been experienced by the people living in the state.
He stated that the real representatives of the people are those who have revolted against New Delhi and not the ones who are singing to the North Block's tunes.
He said nobody would be allowed to redraw borders of the state and that the people have not offered their lives for self-governance and redrawing of boundaries.
He added that Kashmiris are not happy with the flexibility shown by the Islamabad regarding the Kashmir issue since New Delhi had not changed its stand.