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Yasin Malik wants Kashmir issue to be prime focus of Indo-Pak talks

July 3, 2012 - New Delhi

The chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Muhammad Yasin Malik, on Tuesday said that he would like both India and Pakistan to take up the Kashmir issue very seriously so that future generations do not continue to suffer.

Malik, who will be meeting Pakistan Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani here this evening, said the issue of Kashmir would be the focus of his discussion with the visiting dignitary.

"People of Kashmir want this issue to be solved through talks and discussions. The people of Kashmir have to say it again because they are the ones suffering," he said.

Malik further said that he was not against the dialogue process between India and Pakistan, and added that he would like it. Malik also welcomed progress in bilateral trade ties between the two Asian neighbours saying they must also go on uninterrupted, but added that both countries needed to focus on the Kashmir issue equally as several generations had already suffered.

Jalil Abbas Jilani, who will be arriving here today on a three-day day visit, will hold talks with the Kashmiri separatist leaders here this evening. The Pakistan High Commission has sent the invitations to the separatist leaders for a meeting with Jalil Abbas Jilani.

New Delhi is expected to put forward the revelations made by arrested LeT terrorist Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal in connection with the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks during the talks. The two sides are also expected to discuss various issues of strategic importance.

Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram had earlier said Abu Jundal had a very safe haven in Pakistan and that India believes that the control room could not have been established without state support.

He said that Pakistan should admit that he did go there and that he was present in the control room established, and that he had a role to play in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.

Chidambaram said that LeT founder Hafiz Saeed was in the control room in Pakistan with Jundal during 26/11 Mumbai carnage.

Abu Jundal was arrested on his arrival from Saudi Arabia at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport by Delhi Police on June 21.

He is in the custody of the Delhi Police Special Cell till July 5.

According to reports, Jundal has admitted his active role in the 26/11 attack, saying he had worked in tandem with terror mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi.

He has during his interrogation confessed his role in the country's worst terror attack and admitted that he was present in the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) control room in Karachi from where direction was being to the 10 terrorists who carried out the strike.


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