Srinagar, Aug 20: Separatist Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik will skip Pakistan High Commission’s reception being hosted for Pakistani NSA Sartaj Aziz and will instead send a two-member delegation of his outfit.
Speaking to reporters here on Thursday, Malik said “JKLF has decided to send a delegation comprising of vice chairman Showkat Ahmad Bakshi and secretary general Ghulam Rasool Dar Eidi to Delhi on the arrival of Aziz.”
The JKLF chief announced the decision after a meeting of his outfit to discuss the invitation of Pakistan High Commission. He refused to give any reason for skipping the reception when asked why he himself was not going.
While Malik will be skipping the reception, leaders of other separatist groups would be attending the event and meet Aziz who is coming to India for talks with his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval.
The JKLF chief said people of Kashmir have full faith in the fact that only talks and negotiations can resolve the disputes and issues.
“But for that, parties engaged in the process should have magnanimity, seriousness and strong will to resolve issues. …If India and Pakistan want to resolve issues and are serious to resolve Kashmir dispute, they should accept the ownership and prime party status of people of Jammu Kashmir and include them on the negotiation table,” he added.
Malik said: “Kashmiris voice is to take them out from this conflict and this can only happen when the Kashmir issue is solved,” adding “There have been several rounds of talks on the Kashmir issue but people haven’t got a solution yet. Hence, the people here often have doubts over these talks between both countries.”
“On both sides of the border the Kashmiris are being killed. The leaderships must have an intention to solve this issue,” said Malik.
(With Agency Inputs)