June 2002 News

JKLF for united Kashmir

6 June 2002
The Statesman

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front has said the only peaceful and permanent solution to the Kashmir issue will be re-union of the divided state. In a letter faxed to the US deputy secretary of state, Mr Richard Armitage, the JKLF chief, Mr Amanullah Khan, said India-Pakistan tensions could be resolved only on the basis of the right of self-determination of Kashmiris. The organisation feels it should be made an independent country with a secular and federal system of governance and should have friendly relations with both India and Pakistan. “Let the state re-unite in phases and 15 years later, let there be a UN supervised referendum in which Kashmiris would determine whether the state should perpetuate its independence or become part of India or Pakistan and that popular verdict be accepted by all concerned as final settlement of the Kashmir issue,” Mr Khan wrote. Any attempt to sacrifice the right at the altar of Indo-US or Pak-US friendship would be undemocratic on the part of the USA and cost her dear in the long run, he added. 96 ultras killed in 5 months: The security forces have killed 96 terrorists trying to sneak into the country from across the IB and the LoC in the past five months, according to a defence spokesman at the Northern Command Headquarters in Udhampur. Amarnath pilgrims: A system for registration of Amarnath pilgrims will be devised with insurance cover by Metlife-J&K Bank this year. Besides, the state government has also prepared a contingency plan based on disaster management to meet such calamities as floods and landslides.


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