April 2006 News

Sluggish Peace Process Could Derail: Malik

5 April 2006
The Nation

Lahore: JKLF Chairman Yasin Malik has said that time has come to speed up the ongoing peace process between Pakistan and India or the needless delay will undermine the whole process, as 'the people are not ready to wait for years'. Malik said this in his address here at Hameed Nizami Hall on Wednesday. Yasin Malik, an ardent supporter of independent Kashmir witnessed on this occasion some real outpouring of sentiments from audience, reminding him that if the Kashmiris want only the independence then what would become of the slogan: 'Kashmir Baney Ga Pakistan (Kashmir will become part of Pakistan). Malik assured that the ongoing peace process would not affect the freedom struggle in the Held Kashmir. 'If the peace process did not give us any solution of Kashmir issue, I assure you the freedom struggle will not be affected or undermined'. In Pakistan I interacted with people from all walks of life. They have apprehensions that the ongoing peace process will derail the freedom struggle. I assure you nothing of such will happen. The struggle in which the people have laid their lives, given their blood, could never go futile', Malik emphasied. JKLF chief said that whether the peace process succeeds in resolving the Kashmir problem or breaks down, in both scenarios, it is the victory of Kashmiri people. 'If the peace process failed, India will be responsible. Before that the world thought that we are reactionary people, not interested in exploring more peaceful means for the settlement of dispute. We have proved them wrong by joining the peace process', Malik said. Malik said that it is a wrong impression that the US government was not pushing the peace process between Pakistan and India for the resolution of Kashmir issue. 'I found the people here largely disappointed over the outcome of US President's recent visit to India and Pakistan. Now the time for open diplomacy has gone with the US emerging as sole superpower. Instead, secret diplomacy has been the norm these days. Things are not discussed in the open or in the media. I can assure you that peace process has been facilitated. I do not know what President Bush talked in Pakistan on Kashmir. Peace cannot be established without resolving disputes threatening the world peace. So the US will definitely remove all obstacles in the way of establishing peace. Do not make final judgment on what President Bush said publicly. Let us wait for a few months before making any final judgment', Malik said. He said that the need of the hour is to combine chivalry with wisdom and intellect,' he stressed. He said that freedom struggle in the Held Kashmir was based upon a just principle and as such it will definitely reach to its logical end-the independence. Yasin Malik on this occasion supported the idea of demilitarisation. He said that the participation of leadership of those waging a military struggle in the Held Kashmir was also a must in the peace process. He said that if anybody had doubts about the true representatives of the Kashmiris a referendum should be held in the Kashmir solely to determine the true leadership, JKLF chief observed. Malik, however, did not comment on queries whether he supports Chairman APHC Mirwaiz's proposal in which he envisioned Kashmir as one unit comprising five parts. 'I will go to the negotiating table with a position that nothing short of independent Kashmir is acceptable. Any flexibility in this position will be discussed on the negotiating table', he said. Malik said that the people of Kashmir had emotional attachment with Pakistan. He said that Pakistan should not spoil these sentiments by going against the wishes of Kashmiris or insisting on any solution based upon ideology. He said that it was up to the Kashmiris whether they wanted freedom or come to Pakistan. Any effort at imposing any solution will be counterproductive, even for Pakistan. Head of APHC (G) faction, Syed Ali Geelani, addressing on this occasion through phone, said that the only solution of Kashmir issue was through the implementation of UN resolutions on Kashmir. 'If we keep in mind the historical background of this dispute, the solution is very simple. Let the Kashmiri people decide their fate through plebiscite, whether they want to live with Pakistan or India', he stressed. Geelani said that all other proposals being discussed at the present to resolve the Kashmir issue would only harm the basic cause of the local people. He said that the people of Kashmir had rendered great sacrifices in the freedom struggle. He said any proposal other than the implementation of UN resolutions would weaken the cause of Kashmiris. He supported the idea of demilitarisation. 'Both India and Pakistan should remove their security forces, allow UN to take control of the area to hold a plebiscite', he said.


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