Movement needs diplomatic front: Yasin Malik :: Speakers Hail Dr Fai As Ambassador Of Kashmir

Speakers Hail Dr Fai As Ambassador Of Kashmir :: UMER MAQBOOL

Srinagar, Dec 31, 2011: Hailing the contribution of Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai and Prof. Abdul Ahad Wani in the ongoing struggle, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik Saturday said resistance movement needs a powerful diplomatic front for success.


Addressing a seminar titled “Diplomatic front of the movement and Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai” on the anniversary of the noted legal luminary Prof. Abdul Ahad Wani, Malik said resistance movement cannot achieve success without having a strong diplomatic front for lobbying of the cause.

Asking the United States to take lenient view in the case of Dr. Fai, Malik said, “I don’t want to question or confront US judicial system but I would make an appeal to them to take lenient view in Fai’s case as he was a peacemaker. It will be their biggest support to the moderate constituency which wants peaceful resolution of Kashmir, without bloodbath and hatred. We need to see Dr Fai on bigger canvass, he was representing peaceful constituency.”

Terming Fai as an ambassador of Kashmir, Malik said he always stood for peaceful resolution of Kashmir. “Whenever Kashmiri leaders or intellectuals visited USA, he extended hospitality to them and arranged their meetings with US government officials.  He took Kashmir issue into US Senate, Congress and universities,” he said.

Asserting that action against Dr. Fai would create anti-US constituency in Kashmir, Malik said, “Fai is not a person but an institution who always spoke moderate language in United States and other parts of the world.”

JKLF chairman also disclosed that he suggested the name of Dr Fai to India for bringing militants on board after initiation of peace process between India and Pakistan in 2004.
“During parleys with PM, I asked for the involvement of militants and PM gave serious thought to my suggestion. I asked PM to approach Dr. Fai to strengthen peace and dialogue,” he said, adding that a then Central Cabinet minister also met Dr. Fai over the issue of engaging militant leadership.

Malik said during his meetings with US Assistant Secretary Christiana Roca and advisor of president on south Asia; he pitched for involvement of militant leadership in the peace process.

Praising the contribution of Prof. Abdul Ahad Wani who was killed on December 31, 1993, Malik said international figures were impressed by his intellectual capabilities.
“When United Nations Army General met Wani, he told him if there are 10-15 persons in the world like him there would be a revolution. The US assistant secretary of state Robin Raphel after a meeting with Wani said that she doesn’t think US President is more intelligent than him. Shadow Foreign Minister of Labour Party during an interaction with him was taken by his intellect,” he said.

Malik said Wani defended the struggle in early 90s and mobilized global opinion in favour of the struggle by his capabilities. “History will never forgive the killers of Wani nor they can be part of civilized society,” he said.

Senior separatist leader and National Front Chairman Nayeem Ahmad Khan said Dr. Fai is representing the sentiments and aspirations of Kashmiris. “Entire Kashmir is at his back .America should know that representing the aspirations is not a crime under any law of the world,” he said.

Paying tributes to Prof. Wani, Khan said best tribute to the martyrs of Kashmir is to take the ongoing movement to its logical conclusion.“Conscious nations don’t forget their martyrs,” he said.

Senior Hurriyat (M) leader and Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen patron Moulana Abbas Ansari said Kashmiris shouldn’t expect any favour from US or other Western powers as their policies are guided by their interests. “We should leave everything to Allah and these powers cannot be of any help to us anyway,” Ansari said, adding that leadership shouldn’t desist from calling spade a spade. “We should always speak truth,” he added.

Former HCBA president Nazir Ahmad Ronga in his speech said that status quo will lead to slavery and “we should accept 1953 position as an interim arrangement.” “We are in the search of peace and need way out for the resolution of Kashmir issue. Leadership shouldn’t shy away from talking if India is making an offer,” he said.

Noted columnist Z. G. Muhammad said Kashmir lacks proper documentation about the heroes who gave their life for motherland. “I have one grouse that none of us tried to document life of our martyrs and their contribution to the struggle,” he said, adding that Kashmir is yet to produce any intellectual. “We cannot call a person intellectual who writes for getting award and in real sense the intellectual means who stands by right side,” he said.

Senior High Court Lawyer Zaffar Ahmad Shah said both Dr. Fai and Prof. Wani were the men of integrity. “If we look at their personalities they stuck to their integrity despite suffering immensely,” he said, adding that “advocate” writers are causing damage to the movement. “If they are getting paid for write-ups, they are misleading the people. They shouldn’t write then,” he said.

President of High Court Bar Association Main Abdul Qayoom said people need to introspect and choose between right and wrong. “We don’t know with whom we are affiliated. During 2008 lakhs of people came on roads but voted in large numbers during assembly elections. Same happened in 2010,” he said, adding that masses need to differentiate between benefactors and oppressors. Qayoom added that stable Pakistan was in the interest of Kashmiris and ‘its weakness will tell upon our movement.’

Noted journalist Ghulam Nabi Khayal said two decades after the brutal killing of Mirwaiz Moulana Muhammad Farooq, his killers are yet to be arrested.
“After the killing, then director general of police J.N. Saxena told me that they have arrested two persons involved in the killing and third person is absconding. But two decades down the line killers are yet to be identified,” he said.

Kashmir University Law department faculty member Dr. Shiekh Showkat Hussain said international community including US cannot be mobilized by petitions. “History stands testimony to the fact that US has always been vulgar culprit and abuser of international norms,” he said, adding that its policy is determined by economic interests. “When India opens its markets, Kashmir ceases to be a nuclear flashpoint for US,” he said.

Among others, Advocate Sareer Fazili spokesman Kashmir American Council (via telephone), Prof. Shiekh Muhammad Iqbal, Dr. Javaid Iqbal, Abdul Majid Zargar, Dr. Zaffar Mehdi, Prof. Rehman Rahi, Riyaz Masroor, Dr. Altaf Ahmad spoke on the occasion. The speech of JKLF supreme head Amanullah Khan was read by Showkat Ahmad Bakshi while proceedings of the seminar were conducted by Shiekh Abdur Rashid.

On the occasion, a resolution asking US to administer justice in the case of Dr. Fai was passed.

The resolutions says: “An assembly of Kashmiri political formations, jurists, intellectuals, public thinkers, doctors, historians, scholars and civil society was organized by Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) to deliberate upon Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai’s role on the diplomatic front of Kashmiri freedom struggle. The assembly while taking cognizance of, and noting appreciation of his diplomatic efforts, urges Government of United States, the international community and freedom lovers around the world to recognize the role of Dr G.N. Fai as a moderating influence in seeking a solution to the unique problem of State of Jammu and Kashmir; his unconditional and unreserved efforts as the son of the soil in bringing together all stake holders, persons of different shades of-opinion, Governmental and Non-Governmental representatives together on the negotiating table to evolve a peaceful solution through process of dialogue, constitutes an important basis in judging Ghulam Nabi Fai’s involvement in the cause of freedom for his people. Defective analysis of the consequences of the choice he made needs to be avoided to prevent miscarriage of justice.”

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