June 2000 News

J&K separatists go cyber

1 June 2000
The Statesman

Srinagar: The introduction of the Internet into the Kashmir Valley by rediff.com has provided a forum for the All Party Hurriyat Conference to spread their separatist propaganda worldwide. Yesterday, JKLF chief Yasin Malik called for independence through a cyberchat. Last Wednesday, the former Hurriyat chairman, Mirwaiz Maulavi Omar Farooq, had been the first to chat online. Thousands worldwide are reported to have logged in to the chats with the Mirwaiz and Malik. According to Maulavi Farooq, the best way to permanently solve the Kashmir problem was through a triparite dialogue between India, Pakistan and the people of Kashmir. The "pre-1953 position", he said, was never implemented - in any case, such a status did not address the whole issue. Malik claimed the JKLF was secular. He accused the former Jammu and Kashmir Governor, Mr Jagmohan, of triggering the exodus of Kashmiri pandits from the Valley. He did so, according to Malik, because he wanted to show the Kashmir movement as a "fundamentalist and communal one" - it was Mr Jagmohan who had communalised the situation. To a question on Pakistan"s involvement, Malik said the freedom movement was an indigenous one; Kashmiris had been dying for their cause. Malik sought support from the world community, drawing a parallel with Netaji"s and his associates" training in Japan, Germany and Burma. They had not been dubbed as the fascists" agents, he argued. He attacked the performance of Dr Farooq Abdullah"s government. "J&K is reeling under the worst-ever political instability in the past 52 years." Infiltration bid foiled: Border police today foiled an infiltration bid by Pakistani intruders, killing three of them along the international border in Jammu"s Samba sub-sector, says PTI from Jammu, quoting official reports. Police who had been tipped off and had set up nakas in the area, spotted the intruders near Tarna nullah in Banu Chak close to the border.


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