Resolution of Kashmir is in the Interest of Global Community: Fai

Resolution of Kashmir is in the Interest of Global Community: Fai

Washington, D.C. March 26, 2011. “Is the lesson in Kashmir that a nuclear power – India – with an attractive economic market can defy international law, human rights and morality with impunity? What would that do to the cause of non-proliferation? What would that do for the cause of humanity? What would that do for securing adherence to the United Nations Security Council resolutions when the Security Council has_DSC1204_13 just not only adopted the resolution for no-fly zone in Libya but have started rightfully implementing it, said Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai, Executive Director Kashmiri American Council/Kashmir Center, while addressing a gathering of Americans of Kashmiri heritage along with the friends of Kashmir in Springfield, Virginia.

Fai warned that cost of inaction by the international community is enormous – for the global community, for the region of South Asia and especially for the people of Kashmir. If the global initiative is taken, it will not only end the bloodshed and suffering in Kashmir, but also will have a direct positive effect on international security by eliminating regional fighting and risk of a nuclear war between India and Pakistan. It is in everyone’s interests to settle the Kashmir dispute peacefully without further delay. Fai quoted President Obama who said exactly the same on November 7, 2010 in New Delhi that the resolution of Kashmir is “in the interests of the region; it is in the interests of the two countries involved and it is in the interests of the United States of America.”

_DSC1211_19Dr. Fai told the audience that some discerning observers perceive a growing awareness in the Indian middle class that the persistence of the Kashmir problem weakens India by diminishing its stature among the great powers. He quoted Columnist Swaminathan Aiyar who wrote in The Times of India “We promised Kashmiris a plebiscite six decades ago. Let us hold one now, and give them three choices: independence, union with Pakistan, and union with India. Let Kashmiris decide the outcome, not the politicians and armies of India and Pakistan.”

Professor Imtiaz Khan of George Washington University said that the presence of a million peacefully protesting people on the streets of Kashmir gives a loud and clear message to the world powers including the United States that they will not accept anything short of “Azadi” freedom. He reminded the participants that the presence of 700,000 Indian military and paramilitary forces has made Kashmir the largest army concentration anywhere in the world. He also said that the European Parliamentary delegation has said that Kashmir was the most beautiful prison on earth.

Khan said that India’s huge security apparatus has failed to subdue the people of Kashmir. The youth has strong support among the people, including their parents. He expressed grave concerned over the deteriorating situation in Kashmir and appealed to the international human rights and humanitarian organizations to come to rescue the innocent civilians in the Occupied Kashmir.

Professor Khan underlined that a dispute-settled Kashmir can deliver immense peace dividends to the 1.2 billion people of South Asia. Therefore, it is in the very national interest of world powers including the United States to find a lasting and durable solution of the Kashmir problem.

Attorney Sareer Fazili said that the conflict in Indian Occupied Kashmir has acquired a new dimension. Since, June of 2007, Kashmiri youth have taken the lead to press for their inalienable right to self-determination, a right guaranteed by the United Nations.  Fazili further said that the youth has taken to streets, paralyzing the unlawful local administration. Now, there is no turning back – this is a do or die phase of our long struggle for “Azadi” (freedom) after decades of the oppressive Indian rule.

Fazili made it clear that no solution will be acceptable to the people of Kashmir unless India and Pakistan include the Kashmiri leadership in all future negotiations. Kashmiri people, he said are the primary stakeholders.

Dr. M. A. Dhar said that beautiful Valley of Kashmir has been turned into a virtual hellfire for the people of Kashmir. Kashmir has lost its beauty and its mystique. To resolve this outstanding dispute between India and Pakistan over Kashmir, the international community and the leadership of the people of Jammu & Kashmir must be involved for lasting peace in South Asia.

Dhar implored that the sacrifices of the Kashmiri people will not be allowed to go waste.  The world will have to honor their determination for salvation and freedom. He said the killings of teenagers must shake the conscience of all peace loving people. He condemned the efforts to muzzle the press and further expressed need to restore the right to  assemble and freedom of expression.

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