British Envoys Call On Malik2 March 2011
Srinagar: Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik on Wednesday asked the British Government to use its good offices for impressing upon India and Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the aspirations of Kashmiris. Malik was interacting with a visiting team of British High Commission in New Delhi comprising first secretary Victoria Whitford and its political Advisor Sushil K who called on him here today. During the two hour meeting, Malik apprised the envoys about the historical perspective of the Kashmir dispute. “When British gave freedom to India in 1947, they left behind Kashmir as a dispute. The unresolved Kashmir has consumed four generations of its people. No nation can grow if it continues t remain in conflict. Kashmiris are suffering physically, mentally and economically due to inordinate delay in resolution of the dispute.” Malik told the envoys. “The British Government is morally bound to utilize its good offices and friendly relations with India and Pakistan to resolve the dispute in accordance with the aspirations of Kashmiris,” Malik stated. He said Kashmiris started a peaceful movement for the right to self-determination. “But India used its military might to crush the non-violent movement of Kashmiris forcing them to take to guns in 1989. “After assurances of facilitating resolution by the diplomats of various countries, Kashmiris made a transition from violent to non-violent movement. Still the dispute is unresolved and Kashmiris are bearing its brunt in difference forms,” Malik said. Referring to last year’s agitation in the Valley, Malik said disproportionate force was used to quell the peaceful protests. “Over hundred unarmed and innocent teenagers and youth were killed by forces personnel to suppress the agitation. Ironically, FIRs in most of these killings is yet to be registered. I have filed a petition in the Court to seek registration of FIRs. The pro-freedom leaders and youth who were arrested last year are languishing in jails. Kashmir has been turned into a virtual prison,” Malik stated. Malik said the Middle Eastern countries, have drawn inspiration from Kashmir’s peaceful movement. “People of these countries have taken to streets for restoration of their democratic rights. Though Europe and America are showing interest in these countries, we hope they will also play their role in resolving the Kashmir dispute,” The British envoys also met the Executive member of Hurriyat (M) Prof Abdul Ghani Bhat this evening. Bhat however refused to divulge details of his interaction with the envoys.