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Yasin fears violence if Indo-Pak talks fail

Pakistan and India must focus on resolving their dispute over Kashmir by capitalising on newly-built trust or risk a new wave of militancy in the divided region, one of Kashmir’s most influential separatist leaders said.
Yasin Malik, head of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), said Kashmiris welcomed the resumption of the peace process between Pakistan and Indian, stalled since the 2008 Mumbai attacks, but said it must deliver a settlement.
“Now is the right time to focus on the solution,” Malik told Reuters. “There should a timeframe for the process and it should not be a waste of time, as happened in the past.” Malik warned that peaceful protests could turn violent if Pakistan and India failed to resolve the Kashmir dispute.
“There is a big risk factor (if the talks fail). You may be pushing these boys again to the violent path.”
Malik said many Kashmiris and many of his own friends had resented his decision to renounce violence. But he said this year’s revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia proved that freedom could be won through peaceful means.
“There is no support for militant movements in the world right now. You have to keep your (political) movement alive, and this is what we are trying to do.”
Nonetheless, he said Pakistan and India should involve militant groups as well as the Kashmiri leadership in the peace process. “This is not a border dispute that the two countries decide. It is the question of the future of a civilised and educated nation. They (Kashmiris) are not animals who listen to decisions about their fate on television and radio.”



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