Yasin Malik calls on Sharif, Khan
Srinagar, July 28: The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Muhammad Yasin Malik, who is currently in Pakistan, Thursday called on the former prime minister of Pakistan and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader, Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad, a JKLF spokesman said in a statement.
Malik, according to the statement, apprised Sharif about the prevailing political situation in Kashmir.
“Lakhs of Kashmiris have so far offered supreme sacrifices of life and are enduring tremendous physical and mental tortures. They want that Kashmir issue should be justly and viably resolved through peaceful talks. And this why we have always supported the talks process,” the statement quoted Malik as having told Sharief.
“Kashmir issue is not an internal problem of either India or Pakistan nor is it a border dispute between these two countries. It is an issue concerning the Kashmiris’ life, future and prosperity. Therefore, India and Pakistan cannot resolve it mutually by sitting together on a table. If this issue is to be resolved, India and Pakistan will have to recognize and acknowledge the status of Kashmiris as a party to it (K-issue) and involve them in the talks and decision making process,” the JKLF chief said.
Malik said Kashmiris, on the call of international community, made a positive historical transition from violence to non-violence and were now struggling very peacefully and in a democratic way. “Now it is the responsibility of the international community to persuade India and Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir issue,” he said.
Nawaz Sharif assured Malik that Pakistan would continue its support to Kashmiris’ peaceful struggle.
Sharif, the statement said, that his party supports the composite dialogue process for the solution of the all outstanding issues including Kashmir dispute.
“The durable solution of the Kashmir dispute could only be achieved according to the aspirations of the Kashmiri people. Time is ripe to take concrete steps for the resolution of the Kashmir dispute,” the statement added.
Nawaz said that PML-N supports the peaceful efforts for the solution of the disputes, adding that the dialogue process should be result-oriented and it should continue also.
Meanwhile, Malik also called on the chairman of Tehreek-i-Insaf Pakistan, Imran Khan, and discussed with him at length the Kashmir issue and prevailing Kashmir situation.
Lastupdate on : Thu, 28 Jul 2011 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 28 Jul 2011 18:30:00 GMT
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