August 2004 News

LoC Likely To Become Permanent Border: JKLF Chief

26 August 2004
The Hindustan Times

Islamabad: A long-time Kashmiri separatist leader said that India and Pakistan have 'almost decided' to convert the Line of Control (LoC) that divides Kashmir into a permanent border. Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Amanullah Khan, addressing lawyers at Palandari town in Pakistani Kashmir, said that New Delhi and Islamabad had agreed to convert the 'ignominious LoC with some very small adjustments into a permanent border', Dawn newspaper reported on Friday. The LoC is a military ceasefire line that divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan. Both countries claim the whole of Kashmir and so neither accepts the LoC.Khan urged Kashmiris to join a campaign that the JKLF - the premier Kashmiri separatist group - was launching against a division of the Himalayan state. The JKLF was once a hugely popular group but is now badly weakened, having been overtaken both in numbers and influence by more hardline militant groups. The JKLF has offices in both parts of Kashmir.


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