November 2004 News

LeT, Jaish Harmed Kashmir Cause: JKLF

27 November 2004
The Indian Express

Muzaffarabad: Admitting 'ideological differences' with Yasin Malik who split from him, JKLF leader Amanullah Khan said his outfit made a 'mistake' by not choosing the best people to serve its cause and regretted induction of Lashker-e-Toiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed.Lashker and Jaish did no service to the Kashmir cause and in fact they harmed our cause,' Khan told a group of visiting Indian journalists, who were in Muzzafarabad as part of the delegation of the South Asia free media association (SAFMA). Khan, one of the founder members of JKLF against whom India has secured an interpol red corner notice, spoke openly about the differences between him and Yaseen Malik, who formed his own faction of JKLF. 'We committed a mistake. We were not able to choose best of the people for carrying forward the cause of Kashmir,' Khan said when asked whether it was right to appoint Malik as the representative of JKLF in Kashmir. 'I have ideological differences with Malik as the independence he is talking about is aimed at dividing Kashmir, which is unacceptable to us,' Khan said amidst pro-freedom slogans from JKLF activists who had gathered at the meet the press event. 'He (Yaseen Malik) is egoistic and that is why he has been abandoned by majority of his comrades,' he said. To a question whether violence in Jammu and Kashmir was justified, Khan said 'the violence needs to end. The armed struggle has highlighted the issue and there was no need for any such movement now.' The JKLF leader also came down heavily on the Hurriyat conference leadership in Kashmir and said leaders like Syed Ali shah Geelani and Abdul Gani Bhatt were fighting an individual battle and not contributing towards having one voice in resolving the issue. 'They have kept their personal interest supreme,' he said. Khan claimed that people in the region wanted to be independent while having 'compulsory friendly relations with both India and Pakistan' and said 'we want peace and nothing else.' Asked about the proposed bus service between Muzzafarabad and Srinagar, he said 'if it starts with a condition that people from both sides will travel on resident permit, it will be welcome. Otherwise, it is not acceptable to us.'


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