March 2004 News

Militants violating human rights of Kashmiris: PoK leader

11 March 2004
The Daily Excelsior
Daily Excelsior Correspondent

NEW DELHI: A woman separatist leader from Pakistan occupied Kashmir has said that she will soon visit Jammu and Kashmir to collect information about the human rights violation by militant groups in the strife- torn State. 'Militants are playing Pakistanís game in the name of Islam in Jammu and Kashmir. Our media shows documentaries about the human rights violation by Indian forces but does not have the courage to show or write about the human rights violation by militants,' said Ayesha Afroze Gul, the daughter-in-law of Kashmiri separatist leader Mohammad Maqbool Butt, who was sentenced to death in 1984. 'I will soon visit Jammu and Kashmir and collect the information about the human rights violation by militants there,' she added. Ms Gul said the Jammu Kashmir National Liberation Front (JKNLF), which is headed by her husband, had already started collecting information in this regard. 'There is no voice of Kashmiri women and their honour and rights are being violated both by militants and Indian forces. I will raise the issue at every platform.' Ms Gul, who heads the womenís wing of the JKNLF, said the Dukhtran-e-Millat, a pro-Pakistan Kashmiri Womenís Organisation headed by Asiya Andrabi, was not the true representative of the Kashmiri women. 'Dukhtran is only a paper organisation. The Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) uses her only to issue statements in Pakistanís favour. One of her sisters lives in Abbottabad and one of her sons is a Captain in the Pakistan Army,' she said. Ms Gul said while India and Pakistan were talking about friendship and their people were visiting each otherís countries, Kashmiris were being ignored while there were thousands of divided families waiting anxiously to see each other. 'Kashmiris should be allowed to move freely on both sides of the Line of Control,' she said and demanded that apart from the Muzaffarabad-Srinagar bus service, the old routes to Ladakh and Jammu should also be restored. About the talks on Kashmir, Ms Gul said Kashmiris were the main party and only three-way dialogue could be successful. She said the JKNLF formula for Kashmir was that all five divided regions of the state ó PoK, Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Gilgit-Baltistan and Jammu ó should be granted internal sovereignty for 15 to 20 years, while India and Pakistan withdraw their forces step by step and form a joint security force. 'The borders of these regions should be open during this period and people must be free to move. This step will bring India and Pakistan and also Kashmiris closer and after the specific period, India, Pakistan and the Kashmiris could decide the fate of the region, with the help of the United Nations or independently,' she said in a faxed statement to UNI. Ms Gul claimed that she had presented the JKNLF formula to the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party leaders in her recent visit to India. She was in Mumbai a few weeks ago to attend the World Social Forum (WSF) and also stayed in the national capitals for few days. (UNI)


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