United Jehad Council Counters Talk’s Offer With Own Terms25 May 2010
Srinagar: Asserting that militancy would automatically end when the Kashmir issue was resolved, the United Jehad Council (UJC) on Tuesday countered the latest offer of talks from the prime minister with conditionalities of its own, saying that dialogue would prove fruitless until New Delhi accepted the disputed status of Kashmir and agreed to a tripartite engagement. “The jehadi and the Hurriyat leadership has always favoured talks, but India’s obduracy, unrealistic approach and dilatory tactics have been the real impediments in a meaningful and result-oriented dialogue process,” the spokesman of the Muzaffarabad-based militant alliance, Syed Sadaqat Hussain, was quoted by the KNS as having said. “If prime minister Dr. Manmoham Singh is really sincere and serious about talks with the militant leadership, he should repeal the draconian laws in force in Kashmir, release innocent detainees, and accept the tripartite character of the Kashmir issue,” the UJC spokesman said. “History bears witness that the numerous rounds of talks held during the past 63 years have failed to yield any results because the accepted leadership of Kashmir was not included,” he said. “If the Indian prime minister’s statement is not merely meant for public consumption and misleading the world, then he should be ready to discuss the core issue of Kashmir with a true heart, give up all undemocratic and illegal machinations, and halt violations of human rights. The United Jehad Council would be ready for tripartite talks in that case,” he said. “Giving up arms should not be a pre-condition for talks, as major issues between warring nations have been settled through dialogue without laying down weapons. Vietnam and Afghanistan are two living examples where militancy and talks went together,” he said. “When talks are begun with sincere and serious intent, and start yielding positive results in the resolution of the Kashmir issue, militancy will automatically cease, as the real objective of the armed struggle is to resolve the Kashmir issue,” he said.