Separatists for working group on Kashmir

Yasin Malik said his emphasis will be on urging Pakistan to involve Kashmiris in the peace process, reports Arun Joshi.

india Updated: Nov 12, 2006 21:19 IST
Arun Joshi

Kashmiri separatist leaders have started landing in Delhi for their scheduled meeting with Pakistani Foreign Secretary Riaz Khan on Tuesday.

One of them has proposed the constitution of a working group of separatists to work with both India and Pakistan to find a way forward on the Kashmir solution.

Jammu Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party President Shabir Shah told Hindustan Times over phone that he would tell Riaz Khan that a working group of all the separatist organisations should be constituted to work on all issues concerning Kashmir. "That working group should be involved in all the deliberations with Delhi and Islamabad."

"There is a need for such a working group to institutionalise the whole thing, which has been haphazard so far. We are invited as individuals to the round table conferences and meetings with the leaders of India and Pakistan, but there is no mechanism and no proper deliberation issue by issue."

This is a significant proposal. All the separatist groups had boycotted the two round table conferences on Kashmir – in February and May this year- and had not recognized any of the five working groups constituted by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the end of the second round table conference on Kashmir in Srinagar in May.

"We have to move forward, and there is no other way out," Shah said.

JKLF chairman Yasin Malik who has reached Delhi said that his emphasis would beon urgingPakistan toinvolve Kashmiris in peace process. More importantly, there was an urgency to reflect the optimism in the peace process on the soil of Kashmir.

"The people are watching the sometimes off and sometimes on peace process with skepticism. There should be something concrete consistency which can psychologically offer hope to the people in Kashmir," Yasin said.

He also said that all sorts of killings and human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir"must come to an end".

"I want that no one should be killed- civilians, militants and soldiers. There should be no bloodshed. It must come to an immediate end," JKLF chairman , who was once a militant and now a peacenik told Hindustan Times.

The moderate All Parties Hurriyat Conference’s former chairman Abdul Ghani Bhat and Bilal Ghani Lone and JKLF Chairman Yasin Malik have reached Delhi.

Hardline Hurriyat Conference Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Jammu Kashmir Democratic Freedom PartyPresident Shabir Shah will be leaving Srinagar for Delhi on Monday.

First Published: Nov 12, 2006 21:19 IST