Kashmiris’ Inclusion In Pak, India Talks On Kashmir Stressed

Feb 17th, 2014 | Category: Articles

Speakers at a seminar in Washington have stressed the need to include the Kashmiris in the dialogue process between Pakistan and India to resolve the Kashmir dispute.

According to Media sources, the Executive Director of Kashmiri American Council, Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai, in his address said, “Our efforts should be to persuade the world community including the US to urge both India and Pakistan to include the leadership of the people of Jammu and Kashmir in the negotiations to peacefully resolve the dispute over Kashmir.

He said, when we talk of Kashmir, we talk of the sentiments and enormous sacrifices made by the Kashmiri people during the past 67 years for a just cause. “It is time that both India and Pakistan realize that until the Kashmiri leadership is included in the peace process, these negotiations between the two countries may not lead them to any logical conclusion,” he stated.

Dr Fai said that the Kashmiri people were determined to present their peaceful objectives to the international community and their objective was to seek a peaceful and lasting solution to the conflict through dialogue with the participation of all parties – India, Pakistan and the people of Kashmir.

Dr Ghulam Nabi Mir, the President of the World Kashmir Freedom Movement, said that the Kashmiris would not consent to rule by a power that had visited death and destruction to brutalize them into submission from the very beginning when the first Indian trooper set his foot on the soil of Jammu and Kashmir.

Sardar Sawar Khan, former Advisor to the Prime Minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, said that the international community must take cognizance of the suffering of the Kashmiris due to the long pending dispute.

Lars Rise, Norwegian Parliamentarian, said that he believed that given a chance, the people of Kashmir would be instrumental in building a bridge between India and Pakistan to settle the dispute over Kashmir through peaceful negotiations.

Dr Imtiaz Khan, Vice President of the Kashmiri American Council, demanded of India to release all political prisoners, repeal all black laws, dismantle bunkers from villages and towns, and give freedom of expression and freedom of speech to the people of occupied Kashmir.

Sardar Tahir Iqbal, the host, said that the people of Kashmir had the birthright to express their sentiment and their opinion and they should be allowed to demonstrate peacefully to demand their right of self-determination.

Asad Choudhary of PML-N said, “We feel honoured to help our brethren in Jammu and Kashmir. We believe that it is only fair that the Kashmir dispute must be decided in accordance with the UN Security Council’s resolutions.”

Mazhar Chughtai of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf said that the Kashmir dispute was one of the oldest issues pending on the agenda of the UN Security Council. He said that the wishes of the Kashmiri people must be taken into consideration in seeking any settlement of the dispute.

Dr Zulfiqar Kazmi, Ali Raza Bukhari, Sardar Gulfaraz Khan, Dr Zahid Bukhari, Sardar Zubair Khan, Sardar Zarif Khan, Mian Wasim, Sardar Zulfiqar Khan, Raja Liaqat Kayani, Sardar Zahoor Khan, Aurang Zeb Khan, Sardar Ishaq Sharif, Zahid Hamidi, Arifullah, Sardar Ali, Asad Kamal and a 10-year-old student, Hashim Khan, also addressed the seminar. They said that the conflict over Kashmir primarily involved the life and future of the Kashmiri people. They said that because of its impact on relations between India and Pakistan, it directly affected the peace and stability of South Asia.

The speakers expressed serious concern over the gross human rights violations perpetrated by Indian troops in occupied Kashmir. They also suggested that friends of Kashmir must apprise the American policymakers about the ground realities in Kashmir and seek their help for resolution of the dispute according to the wishes and aspirations of the Kashmiri people.

The event was organized by the Kashmir Forum and co-sponsored by Kashmiri American Council, Peoples Party of Pakistan, Azad Kashmir, Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League, Jamaat-e-Islami Azad Kashmir, and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation League.

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