Pak has no mandate to speak on behalf of Kashmiris: JKLF
2 August 2001
New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) on Thursday said Pakistan has no mandate to speak on behalf of Kashmiris and only tripartite negotiations could lead to solving of the 53-year-old issue. Former president of JKLF''s London unit and member of its supreme council Shabir Choudhry said in a statement from London that Kashmiris were the principal party to the dispute and India and Pakistan ''cannot decide the future of the Kashmiri people''. ''They (India and Pakistan) have a right to solve their bilateral and territorial issues, but Kashmir is not a territorial or a bilateral issue. Therefore, they have to have tripartite talks to resolve Kashmir dispute,'' Choudhry said. Though he criticised Islamabad''s stand in Pakistan occupied Kashmir and Gilgit and Baltistan, Choudhury said ''Indians'' record on human rights violations in Kashmir is disgusting.''