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Governor’s remarks over dialogue reflect Delhi’s arrogance: JRL

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Srinagar, Oct 26: Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) on Friday said the remarks of Governor Satya Pal Malik on Kashmir dialogue reflect “New Delhi’s arrogance” with regard to Kashmir.

In a joint statement, the JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik said that since New Delhi “thrust their new deputy to rule over J&K, killings and repression has  further worsened  with more than 12 civilians and 25 militants killed so far in October only.”

The JRL said that Malik is “here on a mission from New Delhi to give the stern message to the people of Kashmir that the ruling dispensation in New Delhi is not interested in resolving the Kashmir dispute.”

JRL said that “Mr Malik better realise that all his attempts to intimidate and mislead people while undermining the historical facts and the context of the Kashmir dispute are absolutely futile. Kashmir issue is an internationally acknowledged dispute between India and Pakistan with people of entire J&K being the main stakeholders.

“There are dozens of UN resolutions that have endorsed the people’s right of self-determination to decide their future and it is this legitimate right that people of J&K are demanding and striving for. Pakistan is as much a party to the dispute as is India as the state stands divided between them,” they said.

Malik had on Thursday ruled out any dialogue with Hurriyat “until it stops taking orders from Pakistan”.

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