India does not want to resolve the Kashmir dispute but she wants to dissolve it. Fai.
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Karachi, March 6, 2011. “The latest uprising which is indigenous, spontaneous and non violent has made it abundantly clear that the status quo and autonomy within Indian Constitution are options not acceptable to the people of Jammu and Kashmir. It has convinced the world powers in general and the United States in particular that key to stability in Afghanistan lies in the resolution of the Kashmir dispute” said Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai, Executive Director, Kashmiri American Council/Kashmir Center while addressing an impressive gathering of the Karachi Bar Association. The lecture was moderated by Advocate Mohammad Aqil the President of the Bar. All members of the Managing Committee of the Bar including Abdul Hameed Yousuf Vice President, Syed Haider Imam Rizvi General Secretary, Mohammad Saeed Abbasi Joint Secretary were present.
Dr. Fai elaborated that the United Nations resolutions on Kashmir constitute an agreement and are binding on both India and Pakistan, despite the fact that they were adopted under Chapter VI of the United Nations Charter, because, unlike many resolutions of the Security Council, the provisions of these resolutions on Kashmir were first negotiated with the parties concerned and were accepted without any ambiguity by both India and Pakistan.
In response to a question, Fai said that the United Nations resolution could not be superseded by any bilateral agreement like the Simla Agreement. He said that it seems that the Simla Agreement is being invoked due to a lack of knowledge about its actual terms and the circumstances in which it was signed. Moreover, the Simla Agreement nowhere precludes a settlement of the Kashmir dispute along the lines laid down by the United Nations with the consent of both India and Pakistan.
Fai emphasized that the people of Kashmir fail to understand why the United States and other world powers support the candidacy of India to the Security Council when India has been in violation of its resolutions on Kashmir and has been in breach of its obligations at the world body.
Fai warned that it may be because of deference to India because of its superior might in the economic field and attraction of its commercial market. If this motivates American and other foreign policies, I am afraid, Fai added that it may pull all of us down from the high moral ground which the United States held for over a century.
Fai said that India’s claim that Kashmir is its integral part has no legal basis. Because under all international agreements, agreed upon by both India and Pakistan, negotiated by the United Nations, endorsed by the Security Council, Kashmir does not belong to any member country of the United Nations. If Kashmir does not belong to any member country of the United Nations, Fai said then the claim that Kashmir is the integral part of India does not stand. So, if Kashmir is not the integral part of India, then Kashmiris cannot be called separatist or secessionist because Kashmir cannot separate from a country, like India to which it has never acceded to in the first place.
“India does not want to resolve the Kashmir dispute but she wants to dissolve it” Fai concluded.