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Sunday, 15 July, 2001, 14:55 GMT 15:55 UK
Mujahideen warn against Kashmir summit failure
Villagers in Kashmir mourn their slain menfolk
The conflict has been raging for more than 50 years
Mujahideen fighters in Kashmir have warned that "tension will reach its peak" if the India-Pakistan summit fails to make progress towards a solution of the Kashmir issue.

If the talks fail...history will not forgive India.

A commentary on Radio Voice of Jammu and Kashmir Freedom - the mouthpiece of the militants - said that if there were no progress "history will not forgive India. A golden opportunity to establish peace will be wasted."

The radio warned that "the Kashmiri mujahideen can launch attacks at any target they choose. The mujahideen's suicide and landmine attacks on the Indian Army continue."

Political solution

"The Indian soldiers are suffering from psychological diseases. Several Indian generals including the current Chief of the Army Staff General Padmanabhan have also admitted that the use of force cannot stop the mujahideen's attacks and the Kashmir issue, which is political, will have to be resolved by talks."

Bofors gun
The Indian army uses heavy weapons
The radio said that history rarely offered such opportunities. "Pressure from the international community to resolve the Kashmir issue is also increasing. That's why the Indian leadership will have to take positive measures to give the people of Kashmir the right to self-determination."

It went on: "The entire world is focused on the summit talks and if the meeting fails to achieve a breakthrough, and if no headway is made and no positive progress is made towards a Kashmir solution, not only Pakistan and India but also all anti-war peace-loving people will naturally be disappointed."

Struggle and sacrifice

The radio said the summit indicated a change in India's behaviour. "Why did this happen? There are several reasons. The basic reason is the epoch-making struggle in the state of Jammu and Kashmir."

That the Kashmir issue echoes at various mansions of the world is basically because of the sacrifices of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

"The struggle continues at the political as well as military level. The leading torches of the struggle are those young men who have sacrificed their present lives for a better future. That the Kashmir issue echoes at various mansions of the world is basically because of the sacrifices of the people of Jammu and Kashmir."

Backing for Musharraf

Gen Musharraf, the radio said, "is a straightforward person who talks in a direct manner. The people's prayers, sincerity and power are behind the president of Pakistan.
Pakistani protestors burn Indian flag
Passions run high over Kashmir
He has the backing of the people from all schools of thought".

The commentary called for "flexibility", which could lead to the provision of "basic amenities for the people, stemming the flow of blood in Jammu and Kashmir, and bringing prosperity for people throughout South Asia".

BBC Monitoring, based in Caversham in southern England, selects and translates information from radio, television, press, news agencies and the Internet from 150 countries in more than 70 languages.

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