Sheikh Abdullah, Kashmir's former Prime Minister, returned to Indian-controlled Kashmir following sixteen months of enforced exile, in June.
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ABDULLAH ARRIVING AT MASS RALLY AND CHEERING SUPPORTERS: ABDULLAH ON STAGE: MIRZA AFZAL BEG ADDRESSING CROWD.
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Background: Sheikh Abdullah, Kashmir's former Prime Minister, returned to Indian-controlled Kashmir following sixteen months of enforced exile, in June. He had been expelled as part of on Indian ban on his Pladbiscite front party. On Tuesday (20 June) Abdullah addressed his first mass meeting since his return, at Srinagar.
He told the crowd that he had made a mistake in 1947 when he had endorsed the states accession to India. He said he had made the agreement on the basis of it being conditional and subject to a plebiscite. He called for relations based on a return to the original 1947 settlement.
The Sheikh deplored that the India-Pakistan summit was going to be held at Simla to decide the future of Kashmir. He said that this was being done behind Kashmir's back, and that they would "not accept any decision" in which they had no part.
The meeting adopted a lengthy resolution presented by Mirza Afzal Beg demanding Kashmiri representation at the summit. The resolution said that such representation would "give the settlement a lasting character and ensure peace and progress in the sub-continent."
SYNOPSIS: Thousands of people thronged into fields around Srinagar in Kashmir on Tuesday to catch a glimpse of political leader Sheikh Abdullah who had just returned from sixteen months in exile. He had been expelled from Kashmir by the Indian government for his political activities. This would be the first time he had addressed a crowd here since January, 1971.
Sheikh Abdullah was mobbed by his rejoicing supporters. It was at this meeting that the Sheikh strongly criticised the India-Pakistan summit scheduled to take place in Simla. He said this was being done behind Kashmir's back, and that he "would not accept any decision" in which a representative of Kashmir did not take part...The Sheikh also told the large crowd of his recent talks with India's Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. He said they talked Frankly, and that she indicated that new relations should be initiated.
A lengthy motion was presented to the meeting demanding Kashmiri participation in the Indian-Pakistan summit. The resolution said that such representation would "give the settlement a lasting character and ensure peace and progress in the sub-continent."...One of the leaders of Sheikh Abdullah's Plebiscite Front party, Mirza Afzal Beg put the resolution to the crowd, which overwhelmingly adopted it.