April 2003 News

JKLF chief urges Pakistan, India to start negotiations on Kashmir

24 April 2003
News Network International

NEW DELHI: In an unconcealed endorsement of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's renewed peace overtures to Pakistan, Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Amanullah Khan has appealed to New Delhi and Islamabad to start negotiations on Kashmir for resolving the issue 'once for all within a few months'. Vajpayee's recent speeches and press conference in Srinagar offering talks with Pakistan on all issues, including Kashmir, and Pakistan Prime Minister Zafarullah Khan Jamali's positive response to it, Khan said the Kashmir issue, if left unresolved, might subject the entire South Asia to the horrors of a nuclear war. 'Given will and sincere desire on the part of India, Pakistan and the United States to solve the Kashmir issue peacefully, equitably and on the basis of 15 million Kashmiris' wishes and aspirations, it is not, not at all, difficult job. The issue can be solved once for all within a few months', UNI quoted him as saying. Claiming that both Vajpayee and Jamali had made 'statesman-like gestures', the JKLF founder-president hoped that it would not be long before these gestures were given practical shape and implemented. Stressing that the Kashmir issue had been 'eating into economic vitals' of the two South Asian neighbours, Khan also called upon the international community, the US in particular, to 'persuade India and Pakistan to abandon their erstwhile intransigence and arrogance and see reason'.


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