The Kashmir settlement issue

May 29th, 2013 | Category: Articles

Kashmiri women are protesting the cruel killings of their loved ones.Pakistan has given firm assurance to the Kashmiri leadership that there was no question of deviating from its traditional stand and that the dispute’s solution has to be in line with the aspirations of the people of the occupied state to be expressed in a free and fair plebiscite held under the auspices of the United Nations. That was what had been agreed on all hands when India took the issue to the UN Security Council whose resolutions, sponsored by New Delhi itself, present this formula to settle the dispute as a prelude to durable peace in the subcontinent. Besides, Pundit Nehru, the then Prime Minister of India, in his addresses before the Kashmiri people, reiterated that India would solemnly implement the UNSC resolutions and no effort would be made to impose any other settlement on them. Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani, addressing a cross-section of leaders from Azad as well as occupied Kashmir at Islamabad on Monday, unequivocally maintained that they should have no apprehension about the Pakistani leadership showing any weakness in its principled stance. Self-determination was the central point in the talks on the dispute whenever it was discussed in the context of the dialogue. Kashmiri leaders had urged Islamabad to desist from putting forward new formulas of settlement or adopting an apologetic or defensive posture. They wanted the incoming Parliament to adopt a resolution on the dispute on the lines passed by the outgoing House. The leaders included Azad Kashmir President Sardar Muhammad Yaqub Khan, Prime Minister Chaudhry Abdul Majeed, former President Maj-General (R) Sardar Muhammad Anwar Khan and a host of others. They were also assured that Pakistan favoured the Kashmiri representatives’ participation in negotiations for the dispute’s resolution.

Pakistan must follow up these assurances and raise the plight of the Kashmiris at the various international forums on all possible occasions. The world conscience is showing signs of unease at the gross human rights violations that the 700,000-strong Indian security forces freely commit to suppress the voice of freedom. They are fully protected by the black laws against all kinds of excesses. Pakistani diplomatic missions must regularly feed their counterparts, the UN and other relevant organisations, Islamic bodies and foreign news agencies about the atrocities the peaceful freedom lovers have to bear in course of life. At the same time, the background of the dispute and India’s commitments must be recalled to highlight that their being 65 years old should not mean that the Kashmiris are denied their inalienable right to self-determination.

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