Kashmir Poses a Great threat to Global Peace & Security: Lord Ahmad

Birmingham, England. June 15, 2011.  Lord Nazir Ahmed, member, British House of Lords said that because of her decades old traditional negative and stubborn approach, India has not yet retrieved by even a single inch of her irrelevant and unjustified stand on Kashmir. For the very reason, Kashmir issue could not move towards its solution so far in true perspective, he said adding that in fact India was exercising dirty politics on Kashmir. Lord Ahmed called for early resumption of result-oriented talks between India and Pakistan to reach an everlasting settlement of all long-standing differences especially on Kashmir conflict. . He was addressing a symposium organized by, “British Kashmiri Women’s Forum” in Birmingham, U.K.

Ms. Raina Nazir, the Chairperson of the forum described the pain and suffering in Jammu and Kashmir which she said is the largest army concentration anywhere in the world. Mr. Raina said that the world powers do not speak on the human rights  violations in Kashmir and they have chosen commercial deals over moral values and democratic ideals. This has given a sense of total immunity to the occupation authority in Kashmir, Raina added.

Lord Ahmed urged the Prime Minister David Cameron to pay more attention to the solution of Kashmir issue which he termed as a threat to global peace and security. He said that India continues to use torture, rape and custodial killings as weapon of terror in Kashmir.

Lord Ahmed stressed that the Kashmir conflict poses a great threat because the involvement of Pakistan in Afghanistan will be slowed down when its army remains engaged with India on its eastern border due to the unresolved conflict of Kashmir. The world powers cannot afford to sit idle as India and Pakistan fight over Kashmir, Lord Ahmed added.

The bottom line about Kashmir, Lord Ahmed said, is that the unrest in this region is not an isolated event and nor the consequences of that unrest isolated. No longer can we allow the media and our political leadership to report Kashmir as a minor and regional concern. What seems like a local problem, is actually a global and geopolitical threat.

Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai, Executive Director, Kashmiri American Council/Kashmir Center said that the people of Jammu & Kashmir, who have a defined historical identity, are at present engaged in a non violent and popular mass struggle to win their freedom from the foreign occupation of their land. This struggle is not motivated by bigotry or ethnic prejudice nor is it of the territorial claims of either India or Pakistan, for its sole aim is the right of self-determination explicitly recognized in relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions on Jammu & Kashmir.

Fai said that Ms. Arundhati Roy, an eminent internationally known writer has pointed out that “There is no doubt that Kashmir disputes ranks right up there, along with Palestine, as one of the oldest, most intractable disputes in the world. That does not mean that it cannot be resolved.” Ms. Roy has also made it clear that “The protests (in Kashmir) were massive. They were democratic and they were nonviolent.”

Fai emphasized that in Britain, both Labor and Conservative governments consistently upheld the position that a plebiscite was the only way the dispute over Kashmir could be democratically and peacefully settled. When the dispute first arose, Clement Atlee launched a conciliatory effort and conveyed to the Pakistani Prime Minister the assurance of the Indian Prime Minister that India would allow Kashmir's status to be determined by the people's vote. Fai urged the Cameron Administration to remind India to honor that pledge if India would like to play a meaningful role in the global affairs.

Dr. Fai urged the Kashmiri Diaspora community not to appeal the religious or ideological sympathies of the people, nor to their leanings towards either India or Pakistan, but solely to their conscience and human concern.

Mr. Nazir Qureishi, Senior Vice President, World Kashmir Freedom Movement said that the Great Britain traditionally has been committed supporter of the plebiscite agreement as the only way to resolve this issue. The Great Britain sponsored all of the Security Council resolutions which called for a plebiscite. Her commitment was indicated by a personal appeal made by Britain’s Prime Minister Clement Atlee that differences over demilitarization be submitted to negotiation by the Plebiscite Administrator.

Mr. Mohammad Ghalib, President, Tehreek-e-Kashmir said that there is no way that the dispute over Kashmir can be settled once and for all except in harmony with the will of the people of Jammu & Kashmir, and there is no way that the people’s will can be ascertained except through an impartial vote.

Mr. Mohammad Suleiman of Tehreek-e-Kashmir said that Britain has a role to bring all parties together – India, Pakistan and the Kashmiri leadership – to settle the Kashmir conflict to the satisfaction of all the parties concerned.

Earlier, Dr. Fai and Mr. Qureishi had a detailed meeting with the officials of the British Commonwealth & Foreign Office where they apprised them about the latest situation in Kashmir.

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