New Delhi, Sept 09: Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front
(JKLF) today charged the United States with changing its stand on independence for Kashmiris to suit "its own needs" and asserted that independence was the best option for resolving the dispute.
Claiming that the US had been earlier supportive of an Independent Kashmir, JKLF acting chairman Javed Mir said that "the US Congressional research paper, which has stated that an Independent Kashmir could turn into a haven for extremists, was far from truth."
Congressional Research Service (CRS), an advisory body to the members of Congress, had said in a report that "there is the real danger that an Independent Kashmir, given the Jihadi nature of some of the insurgent groups, could end up as another permanent sanctuary for Islamic extremist terrorist operations."
Mir, who is presently in the capital and was a part of the Hurriyat delegation that held talks with the Kashmir Committee led by Ram Jethmalani, said, "The Americans should understand and respect the wishes of Kashmiris, who have been working for an Independent Kashmir."
He said that even though JKLF was a part of Hurriyat, the outfit had not shed its struggle for an Independent Kashmir.
Referring to the forthcoming United Nations General Assembly meet, Mir expressed the hope that Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf would shun "their beaten tracks and work in tandem with the people of Kashmir in resolving the dispute and ensuring peace in the entire South Asia."