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'Pakistan must stop changing Kashmir's demography'

Source: PTI
February 28, 2006 11:08 IST
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The London-based Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front has questioned the wisdom of some Kashmiri leaders in not responding to talks convened by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

"We fail to understand what Kashmiri leaders have in mind. On the one hand, they demand that they want to be involved in the peace process and, on the other, when the opportunity comes their way they refuse to sit down," JKLF leader Dr Shabir Choudhry told reporters in London on Monday night.

"We strongly support the expansion of the dialogue process and leaders of different Kashmiri parties should be made part of the process. In view of this, we support the prime minister's efforts to invite different Kashmiri leaders for discussion; and moreover his effort to hold round table conference on issue of Kashmir," he said.

Further, Choudhry said Pakistan must "stop changing the demography of the area by violating the State Subject notification and settling people from Pakistan in to Gilgit and Baltistan.

Regarding the controversial Basha Dam, Choudhry wondered why the dam was not built "inside Pakistan."

"The construction of Mangla Dam was illegal and so is raising its level. We demand an immediate stop to this process of coercion and exploitation," he said.


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