Kashmir resolution key to regional peace: Dr Fai
NISAR AHMED THOKAR
Islamabad, Feb 18: Terming resumption of dialogue process between India and Pakistan as a positive development, the Executive Director of Washington based Kashmiri American Council, Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai has said the two countries had no choice, but to address the Kashmir dispute for the sake of peace and prosperity in South Asia.
Addressing a press conference here on Friday, Dr Fai said, “It is agreed that the dialogue is the only way to reduce tension, but the ultimate objective of the talks should be the settlement of the long-standing issue of Kashmir that happens to be the root-cause of tension in the region”.
Underling the gravity of Kashmir issue, Dr. Fai said, Kashmir should be on top of agenda during the forthcoming Indo-Pak talks.
Quoting Pakistan Prime Minister, Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, he said Kashmiri leadership fully endorse PM Gilani’s statement in which he mentioned that dialogue would be meaningful if Kashmir was part of the agenda.
Drawing parallels between Egyptian uprising and the present non-violent movement in Kashmir, he said, “The important message for the people of Kashmir from the streets of Egypt is that non-violent indigenous movements cannot be suppressed by the use of brute force”. The second important aspect of the movement he pointed out was that “it is the will of the people that ultimately prevails”.
He however maintained that there was a vast difference between the movements going on in the two regions as there was no oppression against the peaceful protestors in Egypt while on the other hand the Government of India had “deployed over than half a million troops to suppress Kashmiris struggle for right to self-determination.”
Replying to a query, he said there was dire need that the Hurriyat leadership should evolve a joint strategy to take the ongoing movement to its logical end.
Lauding Kashmiris’ political resolve, he said the movement had now been transformed into new generations which was having international acceptance owing to its non-violent and indigenous character.
Dr. Fai is scheduled to participate in an international conference being organized by coalition of NGO’s of Islamic World on February 20 at Muzaffarabad.
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