US reneged on its Kashmir promise: Malik

Srinagar — Day after the United States termed Kashmir as a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan the Chairman Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik accused Washington of reneging from its past stand on the ‘disputed’ state.

“The statement of the USA terming Kashmir as a bilateral issue is short sighted and contrary to its past stand on Jammu Kashmir,” Malik said in a statement.

He said it is unfortunate that US “has forsaken a moral and value based foreign policy for an interest and power based one”.

“The trade and economic ties and interests are given preference over humanity and human values. The oppressors are being praised and oppressed dumped for petty gains.”

JKLF Chairman said that international community must learn lesson from the recent growing incidents of violence across the world and change their “interest-based” policies with ones based on human value in order to make this world a place of peace and harmony.

“Without resolving the disputes confronting nations, the lasting and durable peace cannot be achieved. This is why Kashmiris seek an honourable and peaceful resolution of the dispute and are rendering sacrifices for it.”

Malik said Kashmiris are living nation who strive for their birth right and anyone who dreams of peace and prosperity in South Asia has to accept the primary party status of its people and persuade India and Pakistan to include them in the process of resolution to this dispute.

“Kashmir is not a border dispute between India and Pakistan but a question of self-determination of a nation that has sacrificed lakhs of lives from last six decades.”

“The great powers rise and fall but the will of the people always prevails,” Malik added.

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