August 2000 News

JKLF''s Five-Phased Formula For Kashmir Problem

31 August 2000
The Hindu
B. Muralidhar Reddy

Islamabad: The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front has urged the international community to accept the formula enunciated by it for resolution of the Kashmir problem and warned that any attempt to sideline the JKLF in the talks would not be ''tolerated.'' Addressing a news conference here today, the JKLF chairman, Mr. Amanullah Khan, said JKLF was the only pro- independence organisation with base in all three parts of Jammu and Kashmir - under the control of India, Pakistan and Gilgit Baltistan - and the first party to start an ''armed struggle'' in Kashmir. As per the formula suggested by JKLF the divided Kashmir would be reunited in five peaceful phases and made a fully independent country, initially for a period of 15 years with a democratic, federal and secular system of Government. The proposed country would have friendly relations with India and Pakistan. After 15 years, a U.N. supervised referendum to decide whether Kashmir would remain independent or become part of either India or Pakistan would be conducted. The formula is to be implemented by a 11-member International Kashmir Committee (IKC) formed by the U.N. Secretary-General and would comprise of one representative each from the five permanent members of the Security Council, Germany, Japan, the Islamic Conference and two from the NAM. The five phases of the formula envisaged the formation of IKC, acceptance of the formula by India, Pakistan and the Kashmiris, demilitarisation of Kashmir, disarming of armed civilians in Kashmir, reunification of the divided State, formation of an independent Government and a U.N. supervised referendum 15 years later.


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