J&K division will cause bloodshed: JKLF
9 July 2001
New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (Amanullah group) leader Haider Hijazi on Monday warned that a division of the State in any manner would lead to bloodshed, mass-migration and communal disturbances reminiscent of the partition. "The division of the State will invite a catastrophe for the sub-continent," Dr Hijazi, who is also the convenor of the Jammu and Kashmir Quami Mushawarti Council (JKQMC), said in a statement. Suggesting unification of the divided entity into an independent country having friendly relations with both India and Pakistan, Dr Hijazi said the move will usher in an era of peace in South Asia. He said the independent country will have a democratic, federal and non-communal system of government and both India and Pakistan need to guarantee non-interference in the internal and security affairs of Kashmir, which, in return, will not allow its soil to be used against any country. In identical letters to Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf, the JKLF leader expressed the hope that the two leaders would demonstrate statesmanship, wisdom and far-sightedness in finding a lasting solution to the 53-year-old Kashmir issue. Dr Hijazi said the issue could neither be resolved through bilateral negotiations nor against the wishes and aspirations of the people of the troubled State. He said a nuclear war could break out between the two countries if the Kashmir issue was not solved immediately. Dr Hijazi had recently called the Hurriyat leaders as "parrots of Pakistan" and termed the seven members of the executive committee a "bunch of jokers".