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JKLF Chief says Kashmiri patience running out

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Srinagar, India, April 3, IRNA -- Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chairman Yasin Malik Saturday said Kashmiris have adopted a non-violent method to strive for their freedom and urged the world community to appreciate this transition.

He however warned that if the non-violent path resorted to by the Kashmiris was not responded in a positive manner, it will instigate people to turn away from this path.

Former militant commander who pioneered a militant uprising against Indian rule some twenty years back urged upon the resolution of Kashmir issue, saying the future of a billion plus people in the sub-continent was linked with the resolution of Kashmir question.

“It is in the betterment of India and Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir issue; so every Indian political party should accept the Kashmiri point of view and should shun the traditional stubborn attitude,” Malik told a public gathering in southern Kashmir town of Pulwama.

He castigated the right wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for flurry of recent statements on Kashmir, saying that when the world was stressing upon India and Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir issue parties like BJP and the RSS were hell-bent upon sabotaging the peace process. "Let me remind these parties that their own leader and former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, on his visit to Pakistan, had asserted that resolving Kashmir issue was his last wish,” Malik said.

Kashmiri leader said that the BJP, despite having the image of an extremist Hindu party during its reign took a positive step unlike other so called secular parties and initiated a peace process with Pakistan after a long lull.

He said after the 2008 “mass uprising”, Kashmiris had adopted a non-violent method to strive for their freedom. “The world should appreciate this transition and impress upon the resolution of Kashmir issue,” he said, adding the future of billion plus people in India and Pakistan was linked with the resolution of Kashmir question.

He appealed all parties of India, including the BJP, to bring a change to their stand and work for the resolution of Kashmir issue.

Stating that “self reliance” and “self help” form the base for the sustenance of struggle in Kashmir, Malik said "we here to safeguard the sacrifices made by the people in past 20 years."

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End News / IRNA / News Code 1032780



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