JKLF Split: Mir Forms Own Outfit
2 August 2004
The Asian Age
Srinagar: Rebel JKLF leader Javed Ahmed Mir launched his own outfit on Monday, asserting the move had been necessitated by 'ineptness' of the parent organisation. 'The new party would strive for peaceful resolution of Kashmir issue and fight for the right of self- determination for its people,' Mr Mir, who was in the four-member HAJI group of the JKLF responsible for introducing gun among the disgruntled Kashmiri youth sixteen years ago, said at a press conference here on Monday. Two of them Ashfaq Majid Wani and Abdul Hameed Sheikh died in firefights with the security forces whereas the third, Yasin Malik, is the present head of the JKLF. The new party would be called Jammu Kashmir Liberation Forum, Mr Mir said. He quit the parent organisation a few weeks ago following reported differences with Mr Malik. Without naming him, Mr Mir said that the JKLF chairman's misconduct and quick temper were causing differences within and could lead to its disintegration one day. He asserted that it the separatist leadership should not forget that it were the sacrifices rendered by the people of Jammu and Kashmir during the past sixteen years that have bestowed the status. He hastened to add, 'I've quit the JKLF on certain principles but I would maintain my relationship with Mr Malik so far as the freedom movement is concerned.' Mr Mir said he was encouraged by the outcome of the India-Pakistan dialogue but wanted the two countries to make concerted effort towards resolving Kashmir. Meanwhile, Jamaat-e- Islami has joined the Hurriyat Conference faction led by its former political chief Syed Ali Shah Geelani severing its relations with Itehadi Force, an amalgam of several separatist parties outside the Hurriyat formed recently. The Jamaat has also agreed to Mr Geelani's forming his own political party. 'All decisions would be taken through mutual consultation in future,' the Jamaat said.