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'No Breakthrough Expected'

Absence of genuine Kashmiri leadership will come in the way of any solution

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'No Breakthrough Expected'
The forthcoming Indo-Pak summit will not achieve a breakthrough on the Kashmir issue as the 'principal party' to the dispute, the 'genuine Kashmir leadership' is not involved in it, Yasin Malik, chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) has said. 

"I do not expect any kind of breakthrough on Kashmir because (of) Musharraf and Vajpayee meeting," he said and asked how's it possible for them to discuss Kashmir without the participation of the genuine Kashmir leadership? 

For breaking the deadlock, "at least there must be a process for a dialogue without any precondition. There must be no conditions from anybody, any other parties, let us discuss the Kashmir dispute without conditions," Malik said in an interview to BBC World's Asia Today programme telecast last night. 

"So there are no moral and legal rights to discuss the Kashmir issue without the participation of the principal party to the Kashmir dispute, that is the people of Jammu & Kashmir. So I do not find any kind of hope in this seminar. So it is I think the two imperialist powers are meeting and they cannot discuss the fate of the people of Jammu & Kashmir," he said. 

To a specific question whether he and the All Party Hurriyat Conference did not want a settlement, Malik said "definitely we want a settlement, but settlement can not be two heads of the state meeting and deciding the fate of the people. 

Malik said negotiation was impossible till all concerned parties to the dispute were present at the negotiating table. Claiming that his party had taken a principled stand, the JKLF leader said he wanted India and Pakistan to resolve the issue by discussing it with the "principal parties - the genuine leadership of Kashmir." 

Asked whether ending militant violence was not the first stage, Malik said he wanted the Indian government to allow the Hurriyat delegation to visit Pakistan to hold discussions with militant leaders and reach a bilateral ceasefire. Following that, there would be a "genuine dialogue process in which Kashmir issue will be resolved amicably and a dignified solution can be final," he added.

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