Kashmir is a challenge to the world conscience: Dr. Fai

Aug 20th, 2014 | Category: Kashmir News

Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai, Secretary General of World Kashmir Awareness, has said that India cannot disentangle from its responsibility by calling off the foreign secretary-level talks on the pretext that Pakistani high commissioner met the Hurriyet leadership in New Delhi.

Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai said this while addressing a forum at Peoria Convention Center, Illinois entitled “Muslims Around the World Series” subtitle, “Kashmir: Challenge to the World Conscience.” The event was a part of the ICNA Midwest Convention.

Dr Fai said that the Kashmiri leadership should be included as it will facilitate permanent, durable and honorable settlement of the Kashmir dispute. He maintained that if the two countries tried to resolve the Kashmir dispute by themselves without the involvement of Kashmiri leadership, they would be performing “Hamlet without the Prince of Denmark.”

“According to the international agreements between India and Pakistan, negotiated by the United Nations and endorsed by the Security Council, the territory’s status is to be determined by the free vote of its people under U.N. supervision,” he maintained. He added that it represents a Government’s repression not of a secessionist or separatist movement but of an uprising against foreign occupation, an occupation that was expected to end under determinations made by the United Nations. “The Kashmiris are not and cannot be called separatists because they cannot secede from a country to which they have never acceded to in the first place,” he pointed out.

Dr Fai suggested that the Kashmir is a political issue and has to be resolved through political means and called for observing a cease-fire from all sides during negotiations. He said that the talks must be tripartite between India, Pakistan and genuine leadership of the people of Kashmir and these talks should be unconditional. “Negotiations should be initiated simultaneously at four different levels, including an intra-Kashmir dialogue between the leadership of the Kashmiri political resistance, and the leadership of Azad Kashmir, Gilgat-Baltistan and the leadership of Pandits, Sikhs and Buddhists, talks between the governments of India and Pakistan, between the Governments of India, Pakistan and the Kashmiri leadership and between India, Pakistan, Kashmir, China and the United States,” he said.

Dr Fai also proposed be third-party facilitation to make sure that the talks between India, Pakistan and Kashmiri leadership remain focused. “Third party facilitator could be a person of an international standing, like Nobel Laureate, Bishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa or Dr. Kofi Annan of Ghana,” he suggested.

The other panelists were Dr. Zahid Bukhari, former President of ICNA and Executive Director, Center for Islam and Public Policy (CIPP) and Professor (Dr.) Mohammed Nazrul Islam, The session was moderated by Saleem Akhtar, National Director, American Muslim Task Force.


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