Clinton Envoy Talk Brings Cheer To J&K Separatists

8 November 2008
Daily News & Analysis

Srinagar: Separatists in Kashmir are elated by US president-elect Barack Obama’s reported decision to appoint former president Bill Clinton special envoy for Kashmir. “It is indeed good news. Clinton will help resolve the Kashmir issue and end the murder and mayhem,” Sajjad Gani Lone, chairman of People’s Conference, said. He said the Kashmir dispute also affected Afghanistan and Pakistan and therefore, it was necessary to solve it for global peace. “The Indian diplomacy should understand that Kashmir has a spillover effect,” Lone said. Mahaz-e-Azadi patron Mohammad Azam Inquilabi said, “We hope his Excellency (Clinton) plays an essential role to bring India and Pakistan to the table for a meaningful dialogue for a K-solution in accordance with the wishes and aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.” Influential Shia leader and former Hurriyat chairman Moulana Abbaas Ansari hailed Obama for showing interest in Kashmir. “The United Nations, in all its 18 resolutions on Kashmir, has acknowledged the region’s disputed nature. It has also maintained that elections cannot challenge or substitute the right of self-determination of Kashmiris,” he said. Ailing Hurriyat hawk Syed Ali Shah Geelani also hoped the Kashmir issue would get special attention in the new US dispensation. “We hope Obama will reverse the anti-Muslim policies of the US,” he said.