Kashmiri Leader Says AJK Ruled By Mafia26 February 2011
The News International
London: A secular Kashmiri nationalist group has said that the political system in Azad Kashmir had become so corrupt in favour of the few that the youth were joining militant groups and leaving for foreign countries risking everything. Sardar Shaukat Ali Kashmiri, Chairman of the United Kashmir People’s National Party (UKPNP) with branches in Europe and Azad Kashmir, told supporters of his rally here that Azad Kashmir was under the control of a mafia, which was favoured by Islamabad because the established political parties only spoke the language dictated to them. He warned that if the exodus of youth was not stopped through jobs and incentives locally then it would put at risk the peaceful and liberal nature of the traditional Kashmiri society. Kashmiri said his party would carry on with the peaceful struggle for the unification and sovereignty of the people of former princely state of Kashmir despite facing the state opposition in many ways. “We pushed back the enemies of our national rights in early 90’s with a peaceful campaign in Azad Kashmir regions and Gilgit Baltistan. We were the first ones to bridge the gulf between the political and democratic forces of both regions to restore their historic relations. We did it as the state machinery ployed against us. Those policies of divisions against the progressive elements continue today,” said Kashmiri.