Include Kashmiris In Indo-Pak Talks: JKLF
28 September 2004
The Hindustan Times
Srinagar: The international community should persuade India and Pakistan to involve Kashmiris in the talks to resolve the Jammu and Kashmir issue, JKLF chief Mohammad Yaseen Malik told a European Union delegation on Tuesday. 'Kashmiris are the basic party to the dispute, which should be resolved in accordance to their wishes and aspirations', he told the five-member delegation when it called on him at the party headquarters in Srinagar. He said during a signature campaign by JKLF, which ascertained the views of 14.5 lakh people in four districts, people had asked for their involvement as a principle party in the Indo-Pak dialogue. Malik appealed to the EU to mobilise the international community to persuade the two countries to involve Kashmiris in the ongoing dialogue process as a basic party to the issue. JKLF believes in democratic verdict, he said. Malik added, 'We want an everlasting solution to the problem, a solution which could satisfy the wishes and aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir'. He said that the delegation showed keen interest in the documents and photo exhibition displayed in connection with the signature campaign.