September 2004 News

JKLF defends third option on Kashmir

29 September 2004
The Dawn
Our Reporter

Rawalpindi: Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Amanullah Khan has said Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah had declared on many occasions that the state of Jammu and Kashmir had the constitutional right either to accede to India or Pakistan or remain independent and that the two-nation theory did not apply on the state. In a statement issued here on Wednesday, he said the claim that the Quaid had declared Kashmir as the jugular vein of Pakistan was baseless. The Kashmiri leader was addressing members of parliament on the Kashmir issue at a local hotel. He distributed a book published by him on Quaid-i-Azam's speeches and statements in 1947-48. Mr Khan also distributed the copies of an Indian delegation's statement at the UN, which said India accepted the right of Kashmiris to either affiliate themselves with Pakistan or India or remain independent. He claimed that Gilgit and Baltistan had been part of the state of Jammu and Kashmir and, therefore, may be given the right of governance in accordance with the UN resolutions. JI Both India and Pakistan have to take Kashmiris on board before reaching any possible solution of the Kashmir issue, adds our staff reporter from Islamabad. This was stated by Azad Jammu and Kashmir Jamaat-i-Islami Ameer Sardar Ejaz Afzal Khan while speaking at a press conference on Wednesday. Being critical of Federal Information Minister's statement that Pakistan has a number of options of Kashmir issue, Mr Afzal said there was no second option to the right of Kashmiris self-determination. Though Pakistan and India are parties to the Kashmir issue, however, they just could not enforce decision of their choice on people of Kashmir who have their own identity and should be given their right to self determination as per UN's resolutions. Since India was trying to secure her seat in the UN security council, President Gen Musharraf should have used the forum to raise the issue so that world leaders could see the true face of the Indian government, he added. He also informed the media persons about the International Kashmir Conference, AJK JI was organizing just after the JI's public meeting in Nowshera on October 4.


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