Kashmiri leader says demands independence, not autonomy

High-level advisers appointed by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh recommended "autonomy" for Kashmir.

Kashmiri leader says demands independence, not autonomy

All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Omar Farooq rejected Indian recommendations made by a high-level committee that favours autonomy for Kashmir, not independence.

High-level advisers appointed by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh recommended "autonomy" for Kashmir.

In 1948, the United Nations adopted a resolution calling for a referendum for Kashmir to determine whether the Himalayan region should be part of India and Pakistan. But India has rejected to hold referendum in Kashmiri territory.

The group's report was delivered to the pro-Indian Kashmir chief minister late Wednesday and made public Thursday.

Talking to reporters on Friday, Farooq said the agenda is "freedom, not autonomy".

"The agenda of Hurriyat has never been autonomy, our agenda is freedom, so we didn't want to give any comment on it," he added.

"We accept only that solution in which Pakistan, India and the people of Kashmir are involved. Any solution between two parties, either between India and Pakistan or between Pakistan and Kashmiri people, will not be accepted," he said.

Kashmiris see India as an "occupier" and accuse the ruling of systematic violations, killing dozens of civilians in Himalayan region.

Tens of thousands of Muslims have been killed since pro-independent moves grew against Indian rule in 1989.


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