Srinagar : Dozens of activists of separatist Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) took out a noisy protest here on Friday against an international conference on Kashmir organised by Pugwash, a non-government organisation, which began in Pakistani capital Islamabad.
Separatist leaders along with bureaucrats from both India and Pakistan-administered Kashmir are going to deliberate on issues relating to Kashmir, over the next three days at the conference.
JKLF activists, led by their chief Javed Mir, shouted anti-Pugwash conference slogans. Mir said that dialogue was the only way to solve Kashmir issue and it should be resolved peacefully.
“We want to tell everybody whether it is Pugwash or any other conference, the Kashmir issue should be resolved peacefully. We want to appeal to the people, who have gone from India and other countries, that if Kashmir issue is not discussed and resolved peacefully then these conferences are reduced to a mere picnic,” said Mir before being arrested.
About 50 delegates from India and Pakistan, including National Conference leader Omar Abdullah and moderate wing of separatist The All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) are also attending the conference.
The beauteous Kashmir lies at the heart of decades of rivalry between India and Pakistan. In the last 16 years, tens of thousands of people have been killed in the region, in an insurgency New Delhi says is covertly backed by Islamabad, a charge it denies.