JKLF rejects Musharrafs proposals for Kashmir solution
6 August 2007
The Daily Times
Rawalpindi: The Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) has declared that the proposals of President General Pervez Musharraf to solve Kashmir issue would deprive the people of Jammu Kashmir of their inherent, internationally recognised and pledged right to self-determination and would also cause the areas permanent disintegration. In a press statement issued on Monday, JKLF also declared that it would not accept any solution of the Kashmir issue, including Musharrafs proposals, that was not based on the freely expressed will of the people of the entire Jammu Kashmir State (including Kashmir Valley, Jammu, Azad Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan and Ladakh) or would result in any kind of permanent division of the state, nor would it let any such solution to be implemented. JKLF also rejected Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singhs concept of the United States of Kashmir under Indian suzerainty, saying it would perpetuate Indian occupation and further disintegrate the Indian occupied part of the state by giving internal autonomy to its three regions, namely Kashmir Valley, Jammu and Ladakh, whereas JKLF was striving for re- unification of the entire Jammu Kashmir State. The declaration was made in the form of a resolution adopted by the JKLF Central Executive Committee (CEC) in a meeting chaired by Chairman Mohammad Saghir Khan. The CEC discussed in detail the latest situation concerning the Kashmir issue and the freedom movement, Indo-Pak negotiations, proposals being presented by different quarters to solve the Kashmir issue, the internal and external crises that Pakistan was facing and organisational matters. Another resolution explained the JKLFs stand that the best, peaceful, equitable, democratic, honourable and durable solution of the Kashmir issue was to reunite the divided Jammu Kashmir State in several peaceful phases and make it an independent state with a democratic, secular and federal system of government. The resolution said the federation should comprise of five states, namely Kashmir Valley, Jammu, Azad Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan and Ladakh, each having maximum internal autonomy. It called for the National Assembly to be elected on adult franchise basis and the Senate to have an equal number of representatives from all provinces. It said the whole state should be preferably called the United States of Jammu Kashmir (USJK) that should have friendly relations with all its neighbors, particularly with India and Pakistan, who should undertake not to violate Kashmir frontiers or interfere in its internal affairs and in return the Kashmir government should undertake not to allow its land and airspace to be used against any of its neighbors. It said that 15 years after reunification and independence, there should be an internationally supervised referendum in which Kashmiris would determine whether Kashmir should perpetuate its independence, become part of India or Pakistan or evolve any other solution which should be accepted by all as the final settlement of the issue. The CEC also restated its suggestion that Kashmiri political parties on both sides of the divide should unite on one point agenda that only the nationals of Jammu Kashmir State are entitled to determine the future of the state. They should then begin a peaceful political movement for full realisation of the agenda. The CEC further opined that Indo-Pak negotiations had proved futile so far as finding a solution to Kashmir issue was concerned.