November 2000 News

JKLF welcomes ceasefire offer

22 November 2000
The Times of India

London: Two Kashmiri groups, including the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), have welcomed the unilateral ceasefire declared by the Indian government for the holy month of Ramadan saying ''it is a good gesture and should be reciprocated accordingly.'' ''We compliment Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee for personally announcing the unilateral declaration of ceasefire in Kashmir to coincide with the holy month of Ramadan in a bold gesture of recognition of Kashmiri sentiment,'' M Anwar Khan, chairman of Jammu Kashmir Peace Committee (Europe) said. Describing it as a ''good gesture, which should be reciprocated accordingly,'' Shabir Choudhry, president of JKLF, UK and Europe said ''people of Kashmir want much more than one month of ceasefire. They want to resolve the Kashmir dispute which has greatly affected their lives, and live with peace and honour''. ''Some of the Kashmiri groups may think one month of ceasefire with no intention to seek resolution of the dispute is not what we want. It must be noted that in the atmosphere of mistrust and state of war, no one action on its own, no matter how great could lead to resolution of the Kashmir dispute,'' Choudhry said. Stating that the previous ceasefire declared for a month by the Hizbul Mujaheedin could not hold because of different pressures, he said ''we should use this month of ceasefire and make some confidence building measures to prove that we want to resolve the Kashmir dispute through dialogue. We want peace and stability in Kashmir but without compromising on our stand - we want peace and dignity and honour,'' he said .


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