UK Leader Calls For Recasting Kashmir Case5 September 2011
The News International
London: A nationalist Kashmiri leader has called for the reevaluation of the freedom struggle in Kashmir which is inclusive essentially of the Kashmiris who are the biggest stakeholders in the decades old South Asian conflict. Zulfikar Raja Advocate, leader of the People’s National Party (PNP), was addressing a seminar in East London where the Mayor of Waltham Forest Cllr Geoff Walker was also present. Renowned community leader and Chairman of Waltham Forest Islamic Association Raja Allah Ditta organized the seminar. Zulfikar Raja said that the liberation of Kashmir needed a clearly defined direction and appropriate strategy to succeed as the case in its present shape was weak and directionless. He said the stigma of “proxy war” attached with the Kashmir freedom movement had done no good to the cause and it also shows the previous policies adopted by the successive governments did more harm than good to the struggle for independence. He said the impression that the Kashmir struggle was run by Muslims and for an Islamic state also disfranchised and alienated the local non-Muslim population. He said it was time to ponder why despite so many sacrifices and the loss of lives in tens of thousands the freedom of Kashmir was nowhere in sight and the ideals attached to the freedom were mired. He said the civil society of Pakistan fully realized what the true aspiration of Kashmiris was but the decision making forces were always misguided and ill-briefed by many vested interested Kashmir leaders who were more concerned with their personal lot than the national cause.