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Malik for speeding up India, Pakistan talks

india Updated: May 26, 2008 19:26 IST

Kashmiri separatist leader Yasin Malik on Monday called for the speeding up of talks between India and Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir issue.

"We want the dialogue process to be accelerated to find a solution. The Kashmir issue should not be kept pending," the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front leader, who arrived in this Pakistani port city to hold an exhibition, told reporters at the airport in Karachi.

The Kashmiri people are a "fundamental party" in the Kashmir issue and "must be included in the dialogue process", he said. Malik claimed Pakistan and India had held talks for four years but could not "deliver anything". This had caused disappointment among people who were asked to show patience, he said.

"If the dialogue fails to give any hope to Kashmiris, they will be pushed into an extreme situation. Kashmiris are running out of patience and things will be worse than they were in 1990 if the talks make no progress soon," he claimed, referring to the armed insurgency that began in Jammu and Kashmir in the late 1980s.

Malik also said dialogue between Pakistan and India is the last hope for the people of Kashmir. "I hope better sense will prevail. The leaders of both countries have met but where is the solution? Kashmir is not a border dispute but it is the question of the fate of a nation," he said.

The Srinagar-Muzaffabad bus service was like the "provision of oxygen" and the walls dividing the people of two parts of Kashmir should fall like the Berlin Wall, he said.

Malik will hold an exhibition on the "Freedom March" organised by the JKLF across the Kashmir Valley last year. Besides photographs on the march, a documentary on the campaign will be screened in Islamabad in the first week of June.