May 2000 News

JKQMC ready for informal talks with Centre on J&K

11 May 2000
Hindustan Times

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Quami Mushawarati Council (JKQMC), an amalgam of 10 organisations, on Thursday, expressed willingness for ''informal'' talks with Centre to hammer out a solution to the Kashmir issue. ''There is nothing wrong in informal talks and we are ready for such moves aimed at resolving the kashmir issue sincerely'', JKQMC chairman Mohammed Azam Inquilabi told the reporters here. However, prior the initiation of such talks, the Union Government should stop its ''repressive policy'' in Kashmir, he said, adding the Centre should encourage political activity and release political activists and others who are languishing in jails for years. Inquilabi, who is among the pioneers of armed struggle in Kashmir, favoured ceasefire for six months by all the three parties - India, Pakistan and Kashmiri militants involved in the ongoing low-intensity war there to pave the way for holding talks to resolve the Kashmir issue. Pakistan is indirectly involved in the ongoing low-intensity war while India, he alleged, adding they should declare ceasefire for six months to create a congenial atmosphere for talks.


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