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Kashmiri leader wants J&K trifurcated

By Mukhtar Ahmad in Srinagar
May 22, 2007 23:22 IST
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Peoples Conference chairman Sajad Gani Lone on Tuesday favoured trifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir to 'avoid a violent clash of political interests of the three regions of the state.'

Addressing party workers in Srinagar, coinciding with the fifth death anniversary of his father and PC founder Abdul Gani Lone, Sajad said, "If we want freedom, we must first give it to those who seek it from us."

Sajad said regions of Jammu and Ladakh had a different culture, language, dress and political belief in contrast to that of the Valley.

"The people of Jammu and Ladakh call our struggle, a terrorist movement. They have constantly been holding a grouse against Kashmiris whom they blame for exploitation and all their ills," he added.

Sajad, it must be recalled, broke away from the separatist All Parties Hurriyat Conference. However, his elder brother Bilal Gani Lone's PC group continues to be a constituent of the moderate APHC.

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Mukhtar Ahmad in Srinagar