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Kashmir’s interim chief minister, Omar Abdullah, has signed a memorandum of understanding to sign the agreement at the Lahore High Court to hold talks on Kashmir’s independence issue.
Kashmiris and their supporters have been demanding independent statehood for nearly 30 years.
On September 6, 1999, then-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and then-Home Minister Anwar Ali Khan had issued an apology to Pakistan-Kashmiri tension and called for a dialogue.
Abdullah signed the agreement, which allows the two leaders to sign another paper at a later date.
Kashmir remains in Pakistan’s hands, but Islamabad has promised it will allow the Indian Army to use the „Pak-Indian border in the interest of national security“.
According to the agreement signed by Abdullah and Sharif, the Indian authorities will have to „refrain from any activity against Kashmiri citizens, and refrain from interference in the internal affairs of the province, in support of Kashmiri sovereignty and independence“.
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (L) and other key officials attend a signing ceremony held at the Lahore High Court on September 6, 1999.
For the Kashmiris, the signatories at the Lahore High Court on September 6 include representatives from all sides.
„The leaders from all sides have agreed to begin dialogue and work together to resolve the Kashmir issue… we hope that it will lead to real progress in resolving the issues,“ said Kashmiri activist Shami Begum, who signed the agreement.
Kashmiri leader Dibwai Singh Bagher said that an interim government will be created by the next session of parliament if talks don’t finish with an agreement on independence.
He added that there should also be talks on whether Indian troops can stay outside Kashmir following a ceasefire.
Bagher said that his party will call for a General Assembly for the Kashmiris if the talks don’t produce an agreement by the end of the month.
In a telephone interview, Bagher added: „Even if India continues with the present, what will happen in Kashmir?
„We will continue to fight for the independence and the freedom of the people of Kashmir, we will continue to demand the right of Kashmir to live as a secular state and for안산안마 th