Blood Of 600 JKLF Men Not On My Hands: Kuldip Nayar

25 July 2015
Rising Kashmir
Faisul Yaseen

Srinagar: Veteran Indian journalist, author and peace activist, Kuldip Nayar Saturday said the blood of 600 JKLF men killed after giving up armed struggle was not on his hands. At least 600 members of pro-independence Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front were killed by troops and paramilitary forces after they gave up armed struggle in 1994. Addressing a media summit organized by an NGO, Lehar, Nayar said in 1993 Intelligence Bureau (IB) men came to him and informed him that JKLF chief, Muhammad Yasin Malik was on his 'death bed' after being shifted to a hospital from prison. 'The IB men told me that Malik had expressed his desire of meeting me,' Nayar said. The veteran journalist said he had agreed to the proposition and went to meet Malik at the hospital where he was being treated. 'In the hospital, Malik told me why we didn't take note of the Amnesty International's report on human rights violations,' Nayar said. 'I responded saying, 'If you could trust white men, why not us? To this Malik responded saying he had all the trust in me.' Later talking to Rising Kashmir on the sidelines of the media summit, Nayar said he should not be held responsible for the killings of more than 600 JKLF men. 'I don't have their blood on my hands, New Delhi and Indian security forces do,' he said. In the past, the JKLF chief has said that the 1994 unilateral ceasefire by his group had been brokered by the United States of America, United Kingdom and European Union. He had said it was on the insistence of Kuldip Nayar, Jagmohan Gandhi and few other Indian civil society activists that he convinced then armed-JKLF to go for a unilateral ceasefire. Malik had gone across the Line of Control in 1988 with Sheikh Abdul Hameed, Ashfaq Majeed, and Javaid Ahmad Mir. On their return as trained rebels, the group came to be known as HAJY (an acronym for Hamid, Ashfaq, Javaid and Yasin). Ashfaq and Hameed were killed in gun battles with the troops in 1990 and 1992. In 1994, JKLF laid down arms and called for unilateral ceasefire. However, troops and paramilitary forces went after these 600 JKLF men who had given up arms and killed them like sitting ducks. Nayar said he regretted New Delhi did not abide by the ceasefire and was sorry to Malik for that.