December 2006 News

JKLF ridicules Musharraf's Kashmir proposal

7 December 2006
Indo-Asian News Service

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), a separatist outfit, Thursday ridiculed Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf's proposals and questioned his right 'to impose his views on Kashmiris'.In a statement circulated to media through e-mail Thursday, Amanullah Khan, the Pakistan-based chairman of the JKLF, said Musharraf had 'no moral, political or constitutional right to impose his views about Kashmiris' future on them against their will'.That would be 'tantamount to treating 15 million politically conscious and self- respectful Kashmiris as dumb,' he said.In an interview aired this week on Indian TV news channel NDTV, Musharraf said Pakistan would give up its claim on Kashmir if India accepted his solution that included demilitarisation and 'self-governance with joint supervision mechanism'. He also said that independence of the state was out of question.The proposal, however, has been sharply criticised by by separatists on this side of the Line of Control (LoC), with pro- Pakistan and hardline groups coming down heavily on Musharraf for having suggested that Pakistan was prepared to give up its claim on Kashmir.Khan said, 'Kashmiris' right to self-determination is not only inherent with them but has also been pledged to them by both India and Pakistan as also by the international community.' He reminded Musharraf that 'even the founding father of Pakistan, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, had through his policy statements issued on June 17, July 11 and July 30, 1947 fully supported the right of Jammu and Kashmir state to full independence'.'The right to choose their own future belonged only to the Kashmiri people and no outsider had any right to determine their ultimate destiny.'Even the people of Pakistan have not given General Musharraf the right to take Pakistan's hands off Kashmir on some ambiguous, confusing impracticable and dangerous conditions,' the JKLF chief said. 'Only peaceful, equitable, honourable, democratic and permanent solution of the Kashmir issue was to reunite the divided Jammu Kashmir state.'


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