Give up claim on J&K, Amanullah tells Pak
20 June 2001
Islamabad: JKLF (Amanullah Khan faction) on Wednesday said that Pakistan should give up its claim over Jammu and Kashmir and instead press for the "independence" of the State. "Pakistan should give up (its claim over Jammu and Kashmir) and press for independence to the State and at the same time retain the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) for itself," chairman of the Pakistan-based Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front Amanullah Khan said in a statement here. He said Pakistan was not in a position politically, economically, militarily and diplomatically to claim Kashmir from India. Commenting on the statement by former Interior Minister Shujaat Hussain, who said Pakistan should give up claims over getting the entire Kashmir, but press for independence for Kashmir, Khan said Hussain demonstrated strong moral and political courage by accepting the bitter realities. "UN resolutions on Kashmir were too old and too defective to be implemented, to the extent that the very UN was no more interested in implementing them," Khan said.