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‘Pakistan has ditched Kashmiris’
|The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front
chief said that he doesn't expect any result from the summit because the
principal party, the Kashmiri people, have not been included in the
dialogue. Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) leader Yasin Malik has
charged Pakistan with "ditching" Kashmiris and said that he does not expect
any result from the Vajpayee-Musharraf summit as the "principal party" - the
people of Kashmir - have not been included in the dialogue.
While flaying Pakistan for "ditching the Kashmiris when it mattered most",
Malik praised Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, saying that he was a
"sincere person who wants to resolve the Kashmir issue".
"I do not think there will be any outcome at the summit because the
principal party to the Kashmir dispute are not represented at it," Malik
Claiming that the Kashmir issue was neither a border nor a territorial
dispute between India and Pakistan, Malik said that it was "directly
concerned with the people of Jammu and Kashmir".
Malik also opposed any kind of division of Kashmir. He said that a division
of Kashmir on communal lines would be a disaster not only for Kashmiris but
also for South Asia. There would be a bloodbath like the one witnessed at
the time of Partition in 1947, he said.
On the Centre's interlocutor K C Pant's holding negotiations with leaders of
various groups in Kashmir, Malik said, "They have invited only pro-India
leaders who are their own people."
Malik favoured a peace process on the pattern of Nagaland.
"When the Government of India started a peace process in Nagaland, there
were three agreements - talks will be at prime ministerial level, there will
be no precondition, and talks will be only between the prime minister of
India and the National Socialist Council of Nagaland, and even the chief
minister of Nagaland is not involved in the process. The outcome is that
there is a complete ceasefire and thousands of lives have been saved," Malik