Yasin Malik declines PM invitation
After both factions of the Hurriyat refused to participate in the third round table conference, the pro-Independence J&K Liberation Front (JKLF) also declined the invitation, reports Rashid Ahmad.india Updated: Apr 18, 2007 19:02 IST
Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Mohammad Yaseen Malik accused India and Pakistan of diluting the issue of Kashmir rather than resolving it. He warned that the delay in resolving issue of Kashmir would produce fidayeen (suicide bombers) only.
Rejecting Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh’s invitation for third roundtable conference in Delhi on April 24, the JKLF chief said he is launching a mass campaign throughout the valley to seek active participation of Kashmiri people in the peace process between New Delhi and Islamabad. Malik has named this campaign as “safar-e-azadi” (journey to freedom), which, he said, would begin from May 6. “We will visit every village and locality to garner peoples’ support to our demand. The safar (journey) can go for 4-6 months”, he said.
Talking to media persons here today the JKLF chief said that the peace process between India and Pakistan was now four-year old but the genuine players of the peace process have not been identified yet. “India and Pakistan are bilaterally talking.
“No doubt India and Pakistan are parties to the dispute of Kashmir. But the people of Kashmir form the principal party. They (India and Pakistan) cannot decide bilaterally. The people of Kashmir must be given full role and opportunity to shape up their future”, he said.
Malik said that he supported the peace process with a hope that the people of Kashmir would be involved in working out the final solution of Kashmir. “I have met several leaders in Delhi and Islamabad. I get the feeling that they are not resolving the issue of Kashmir. They are trying to dissolve the issue. I want to communicate them that the people will not accept any decision imposed on them”, he said.
“We just hear from Radio or TV about the peace process. Be it launching of bus service or any other confidence building measure, we were not taken into confidence. The people of Kashmir do not want to be involved in consultation process. They want to be part of resolution process and decision-making”, Malik said.
The JKLF chief said that his safar-e-Azadi would be aimed at galvanizing public support for the inclusion of representatives of Kashmiri people in the resolution process. “I believe that the Mujahideen leadership and ideological forces in Kashmir are genuine representatives of Kashmiri people. Still if government of India has any doubts, then a referendum should be held to determine the leadership”, Yasin said.
The JKLF chief earlier launched a signature campaign across the valley to press for his demand. “This (signature campaign) was the most authentic and democratic way to seek the peoples’ support”, he said.
Yasin warned of mass agitation simultaneously in Srinagar and Muzaffarabad if New Delhi and Islamabad continued to ignore the people of Kashmir. “I appeal to the international community as well to impress upon India and Pakistan for including the representatives of Kashmiri people in the peace process”, he said.
“Bilateral agreements and decisions will not work. Militancy is the reaction to Indra-Abdullah Accord of 1975. Another bilateral accord will only produce fidayeen. This not my threat but a concern”, the JKLF chief said.
The JKLF chief said that he got the invitation from the Prime Minister for the roundtable conference. He however said that he would not participate in a conference where mainstream politicians were also invited.
“India has already laid down a format for the dialogue by talking only to separatist leaders in Nagaland. Elections are held in Nagaland also but mainstream leaders including chief minister is not invited for talks. Indian government talks to Naga rebel leaders in third country. The same pattern should be adopted here also”, he said.
First Published: Apr 18, 2007 16:11 IST