PaK Diaspora Busy With Power Politics: Malik16 July 2011
Srinagar: Chairman Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Mohammad Yasin Malik Saturday rued the “inactiveness” of the people of Pakistani Administered Kashmir vis-à-vis what he termed the freedom movement in Jammu and Kashmir. Addressing a meeting held in Mirpur, Pakistani Administer Kashmir (PaK), in the memory of “martyrs of Kashmir”, Malik said that the PaK diaspora which had once “championed the Kashmiri cause across the globe is now busy with internal and power politics of Azad Kashmir.” “Azad Kashmir is the base camp of our freedom movement. People here have always offered huge sacrifices during different phases of the struggle, but unfortunately for the past several years this base camp has gone inactive,” Malik said. “Now even pro-freedom rallies are not held here. At a time when thousands of people were taking to the streets in Kashmir during the last three years, and the entire world attention was focused on Kashmir, there was no activity in Azad Kashmir,” he said. Malik, according to a statement, said the PaK diaspora, settled across Europe and America, “has sidelined itself from the Kashmiri freedom cause and is only busy with the power politics of Azad Kashmir.” “History bears witness that the thousands of people from this region settled across Europe and America championed our cause time and again but now they too are busy with the internal and power politics of Azad Kashmir,” he said. “I appeal the people of Azad Kashmir to take note of this negligence and fulfill their responsibility as the natives of the freedom movement’s base camp,” he said. Malik also called for “time bound” dialogue process to resolve the Kashmir issue . He also hailed the sacrifices offered by Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front time and again to “nourish the freedom movement.” Besides prominent JKLF leaders, the meet was also attended by students and people from different walks of life, according to a statement.