Independent Kashmir best option: JKLF
26 October 2003
The Daily Times
LAHORE: Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Punjab President Syed Faisal Shah Nazki said that an independent Kashmir would be in the best interests of Kashmir, India and Pakistan.Addressing a gathering of JKLF workers on Monday to observe the 'black day' when India seized portions of Jammu and Kashmir 56 years ago, Mr Nazki said that Kashmiris were the third partner in the Kashmir dispute so their opinion should be given priority before the world community. The JKLF leader said that liberation of Kashmir was an international issue and while both India and Pakistan were trying to divide Kashmir between them, the Kashmiri people and leaders were convinced that the only solution was an independent Kashmir.Mr Nazki said that Pakistan had no right to impose its policies and the time had arrived for deciding the fate of Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control. He said Indian brutality and the Pakistani intelligence agencies were sabotaging the Kashmir independence movement.Mr Nazki said Indian leaders were not ready to listen the world community and Pakistan's leaders and generals had forgotten the message of the founder of Pakistan, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, who insisted that Kashmiris could freely choose to join either India or Pakistan. The JKLF chairman said the 1949 UN commission report for settling the Kashmir issue stated that Kashmiris had a right to self- determination, but the vested interests of western countries, India and Pakistan deprived the Kashmiris of their right to an independent state. Mr Nazki said that as many as 89,000 Kashmiris had given their lives for their homeland and yet still struggle for freedom. JKLF vice chairman Muhammad Afzal, former director of the Kashmir Centre Farooq Azad and Dukhtran Kashmir chairperson Rehana Kanwal Butt also spoke at the gathering.