April 2007 News

Yasin Malik declines PM roundtable invite

18 April 2007
Indo-Asian News Service

Srinagar: After both factions of the Hurriyat refused to participate in the third round table conference on Kashmir to be held in Delhi on April 24, the pro-Independence Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) also declined the invitation Wednesday.'The Indian Prime Minister (Manmohan Singh) should speak only to the separatist leaders. There is no point inviting us to a discussion, which is also attended by pro-India (mainstream) politicians and parties,' said JKLF chairman Yasin Malik at a news conference here. 'They (mainstream groups) have no dispute with India.'Malik held parleys with Manmohan Singh in New Delhi on February 17, 2006 but like his other separatist colleagues has been declining to participate in any roundtable on Kashmir. The first such conference was held in Delhi on February 25 last year while the second took place in Srinagar on May 25.Malik also warned against any agreement between India and Pakistan without involving the Kashmiris as it would only complicate the situation.'The present armed struggle was born after the India- Pakistan Tashkent agreement. If such cosmetic agreements made directly between India and Pakistan without involving the people of the state are attempted again, the next generation of Kashmiris would only be Fidayeens,' he said.Malik also announced his 'Safar-e- Azadi' (Journey for Independence) from May 6.'We would start the Safar-e-Azadi from Daksum village in south Kashmir on May 6, 2007. We would travel to the nook and corner of the Valley and the entire journey might take three to six months.'The objective of the journey is to prove to New Delhi and the rest of the World as to who actually represents the aspirations of the people here,' he said.


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