Srinagar – Voicing apprehensions of a trade-off over Kashmir, the United Jihad Council, a conglomerate of militant outfits, Thursday said Indo-Pak friendship and trade should not be at the cost of Kashmir.
In a statement, the UJC secretary-general and Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen chief, Sheikh Jameel-ur-Rahman, said no efforts aimed at Indo-Pak friendship would succeed by ignoring the Kashmir dispute in any dialogue process between the two countries. It can at best be a cosmetic effort as genocide of Kashmiri people and talks cannot go together, he said.
Sheikh Jameel alleged those talking of peace were justifying state terrorism which is nothing but an attempt to denigrate human values and hoodwink international opinion.
Asserting that India was trying to wean Pakistan away, Sheikh Jameel asked whether conditions in the country (Pakistan) were so weak that its rulers were inclined to commit hara-kiri by giving up their principled stand on Kashmir under Indo-US pressure.
By consigning the Kashmir dispute to the cold store, he said, Pakistan was causing an irreparable harm to it. If Pakistan is not in a position to hold on to its stand, it has no right to compromise the Kashmir cause, he said.
Sheikh Jameel said Kashmiris were not against Indo-Pak amity and trade, but it should not be at their cost. If the advocate pleads for the opponent, who can justify the case, he asked. (KNS)
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