October 2004 News

JKLF wants non-Kashmiri militant groups to leave Valley

7 October 2004
The Daily Excelsior
Daily Excelsior Correspondent

London: The Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), headed by Abbas Butt, today asked non-Kashmiri militant groups to leave the Valley and said the Kashmiri people should support the Indo-Pak peace process to ensure stability in the region. The JKLF wants non-Kashmiri militant groups 'to leave Kashmir and not to endanger the peace process, which just began between India and Pakistan,' Butt told reporters. He said 'people of Kashmir are ... forcibly divided by LoC. We request both Governments to open all possible routes so that people of Kashmir could interact with each other which will lead to better understanding among different ethnic communities and could also help to build social, cultural and economies ties.' Butt also said that 'we feel people of Kashmir need to support this peace process so that there can be peace and stability in the region. But before the people of Kashmir can play any positive role in the process, they need to build understanding among themselves.' He said the JKLF would organise a two-day International Kashmir Conference in Mirpur in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) from January 22. 'It will be the first conference of its kind ... Where people of all ethnic backgrounds will be invited and we hope that this will help to formulate a policy which will play an important role in resolution of Kashmir issue.' 'We welcome the news that both India and Pakistan are prepared to go beyond their traditional stand on Kashmir and consider other options,' he said. (PTI)


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