Pakistan assembles its Kashmiri reps

2004 is the age of political re-engineering in Pakistan. In the latest round jehadi, Hurriyat and Pakistani Kashmir leaders have been brought together to constitute the voice of the Kashmiri people. As is usual with these formulations, this voice is supported by the gun, not by the people.

These consultations are significant because this is the first time the MJC has come onboard in the history of the Kashmir freedom movement. “In the first phase, the Kashmiri leadership formed the Policy and Planning Committee in which MJC Chief Syed Salahud Din was also included,” said Sheikh Tajamul, chairman of the Policy and Planning Committee.

“In the second phase, this committee held meetings with the political leadership of AJK and Pakistan, including Professor Khurshid Ahmed, Naib Amir Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) and Liaqat Baloch, the Amir of JI Punjab, were also present in the meeting,” Mr Tajamul said.

He said that members of the committee also met the chief of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa, Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, and the leader of the Jammiat-ul-Ansar. He said that members of the committee also met JKLF chief Amanullah Khan, the Amir of the JI AJK chapter, JUI-F Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman and other political leaders of the AJK. [Daily Times]

It looks like this is Pakistan’s attempt to create a party which can be inserted into the talks with India. That this motley crowd contains practising terrorists seems immaterial to its creators.

One thought on “Pakistan assembles its Kashmiri reps”

  1. More wishful thinking from the Pakistanis: Reading the article makes it seem as if a three-way negotiation b/wn India, Pakistan and self-styled ‘Kashmiri leaders’ is not too far off. However, this is most unlikely in the near or moderate future.

    Moreover, the clout of this group depends very much on those terrorists. If the intra-Indian dialogue goes well, their relevance will diminish all the more.

    The question, of course, is whether Pakistan will increase their terrorism to force the GOI to include these Pakistani reps. I’m hopeful that the post-9/11 climate won’t allow Pakistan to greatly increase terrorism. That, and, Mr. Advani’s ‘obduracy’ in defending India 🙂

    Kumar

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