June 2003 News

Jamali's sharp attack on India

16 June 2003
The Hindu
B. Muralidhar Reddy

ISLAMABAD: As if taking the cue from his 'boss', Pervez Musharraf, the Pakistan Prime Minister, Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali, has strongly attacked India and accused New Delhi of 'cynically portraying struggle of Kashmiris as terrorism'. Mr. Jamali hit out at India at a banquet he hosted in honour of the visiting Turkish Prime Minister, Tayyip Erdagon. Observers are surprised at the sharp tone and tenor of Mr. Jamali towards India, particularly because he has maintained the utmost restraint since the Vajpayee peace initiative on April 17-18. A series of anti-Pakistan statements by the Deputy Prime Minister, L.K. Advani, in recent days appear to have provoked Islamabad into similar statements. In his banquet speech, Mr. Jamali rejected labelling Kashmiris' 'struggle for self-determination as terrorism' and said they should be given their 'inalienable right to determine their own future'. He alleged that in the last decade, more than 75,000 defenceless Kashmiri men, women and children had been callously 'slaughtered' by India's security forces. 'Kashmiris' valiant struggle for their right to self- determination is cynically sought to be portrayed by India as terrorism,' he said. Mr. Jamali said Pakistan condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and had been the first country to join the international coalition in the war against terror. However, while combating international terrorism, 'the world community must also address, simultaneously, the root causes of terrorism, particularly economic deprivation, inequality, injustice, foreign occupation, denial of fundamental rights and oppression'.


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