August 2003 News

Amanullah has realised that gun is being misused in J&K:Bajwa

16 August 2003
The Daily Excelsior
Daily Excelsior Correspondent

Jammu: Not only Pakistani masses are fed up with fundamentalist politics and religious terrorism, there is a realisation among some militant leaders, propagating anti-India campaign from across the border, that gun is being mis-used by the so-called ‘Jehadis’ in Jammu and Kashmir in the name of ‘freedom-struggle’. While sharing his experiences of Pakistan visit with EXCELSIOR, Rajya Sabha MP and member of the Indian delegation Mr Trilok Singh Bajwa, said that Pakistan based leader of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Amanullah Khan had no hesitation in admitting that gun was being misued in Jammu and Kashmir. While addressing peace conference organised by South Asia Free Media Association (SAFMA), JKLF leader recalled why he took up arms for a ‘cause’ but today gun has become means to accumulate more and more luxuries. Mr Bajwa disclosed that Amanullah Khan candidly admitted that instead of fulfilling the cause, gun-totting militants were using gun to inflict atrocities on common masses. Khan even admitted that militants active in Jammu and Kashmir have been using gun to collect money, said Bajwa. Mr Bajwa, who spent five days in Pakistan, informed that for their petty political interests, some groups in Pakistan have launched vicious propaganda against Indian forces. 'During our interaction with common masses, everyone was asking about atrocities on Muslims by Indian forces',he lamented. The PDP MP further stated that Pakistani people were shell shocked when they were informed that human rights are properly protected in Kashmir. 'Initially they were finding it difficult to digest that Muslims in India have been enjoying equal freedom and rights as compared to other communities but when we gave some concrete evidences, Pakistanis were surprised', he informed. Though it was difficult to remove the mis-conception regarding atrocities of Indian forces, yet we succeeded in convincing Pakistani people that Indian forces have great regard for human rights. 'Ultimately we convinced Pakistani people that some forces in their country have launched vicious campaign in India for their petty political gains', he said. Fundamentalist forces are still very active in Pakistan but there is a strong feeling among people, especially among younger generation that fanatic elements should be singled out from the civil society. 'Wherever we go and whosoever we met, each and every person in Pakistan expressed their anguish over activities of terrorists and religious elements', he said and added that there was feeling among common masses in Pakistan that it was high time to bury the bitter past to see the dawn of peace between both the countries. 'Situation is entirely different in Pakistan today. Common masses want that Pakistani Government must not support terrorists'. Pointing towards similarities in the Indian and Pakistani culture, Mr Bajwa, who first time visited Pakistan, said that he hardly elicit any difference in the living style and culture of both the countries. While speaking in the peace conference, he urged India and Pakistan leadership to soften the borders and open road link via Jammu-Sailkot and Uri-Rawalpindi.


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