Kashmiris participation will lend credence to India- Pakistan talks: Dr Fai

Islamabad, Pakistan. March 5, 2011: Kashmiri American Council, Executive Director, Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai has said the Kashmiris’ representation in the Indo-Pak dialogue would lead to a just and equitable solution of the dispute besides lending credence to the ongoing peace talks. “Bilateral approach to resolve the Kashmir dispute has totally failed,” Dr Fai said while addressing a function organized by National Defence University here on.


He maintained that India and Pakistan had more than 158 rounds of talks so far and there had been no progress regarding the settlement of long-outstanding Kashmir issue that happens to be the bone of contention between the two countries. “Kashmiri Hurriyat leadership has always supported the dialogue process, but the only thing they demand was the empowerment of the people of Jammu & Kashmir,” he said adding a mechanism should be evolved whereby Kashmiris could be made an essential component of the process.

 

He said that India’s contention that Kashmir was the integral part of India has been rejected by the world powers. He quoted Ms. Helen Clark, the former Prime Minster of New Zealand who said on October 15, 2004 that “It is perfectly obvious to the whole world that Kashmir is a flash point for tensions between the two countries. Most countries do not regard it as simply an integral affair.” He also quoted President Obama who said on November 7, 2010 in New Delhi, “Kashmir is a longstanding dispute between India and Pakistan. I believe both Pakistan and India have interest in reducing tensions between the two countries.” President Obama’s statement was the dismissal of Dr. Manmohan Singh’s contention that Kashmir was the integral part of India.


Referring to the changes sweeping across the globe he said, the civil society in India and Pakistan must undertake the responsibility and pursue their governments to address Kashmir dispute in its historical perspective.


Highlighting different aspects of Kashmir movement being spearheaded by the youth of Kashmir, Dr. Fai said Kashmiris were not asking for any materialistic support, but they were longing for Pakistan’s all out support at diplomatic front.


He said it was high time for the international community to shun its policy of ‘indifference’ towards Kashmir and play their role to settle the dispute to the satisfaction of all the stakeholders.

 

Besides NDU students, the seminar was attended by varsity President, Lieutenant General Agha Khan, Dean, Professor Zafar Iqbal Cheema, Prof. Muhammad Khan, faculty members, journalists of print and electronic media.

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