Separatist leaders must unite’
UNITY KEY TO SUCCESS
NISAR AHMED THOKAR
Islamabad, Apr 25: The speakers at a conference here on Wednesday resolved that in view of the changes sweeping across the globe the separatist leadership should forge complete unanimity within their ranks to take the ongoing struggle to its logical end.
“In the larger interest of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, the leadership must converge on a single platform by making Hurriyat constitution of 1993 as the basis for unity”, the speakers said this while addressing a seminar which was organised by Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League a constituent of Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani.
Speakers on the occasion said that it was high time that the leadership must demonstrate pragmatism, magnanimity and balanced approach to evolve a comprehensive mechanism to take the nation (Kashmiris) out of despondency.
Regarding the final settlement of Kashmir dispute the participants of the conference suggested that peaceful settlement of the vexed issue on the basis of right to self-determination was inescapably linked to the peace and stability of South Asia as well as the neighbourly relations of the two countries. They said that any attempt to freeze Kashmir issue or putting Kashmir on the back burner was not acceptable to the people of Kashmir who have rendered unprecedented sacrifice over the last several years.
Majority of speakers while expressing concern over Pakistani political parties, media and civil society’s indifference towards Kashmir issue, said that it was very unfortunate that Kashmir issue was missing in the dominant discourse in the country. They suggested that a special working group comprising Kashmiri leaders from both sides of line of control should be constituted forthwith to convey Kashmiri peoples’ apprehensions to Pakistani leadership. Some of the speakers at the conference stressed the need for self-introspection saying that the process of self-analysis and soul-searching plays instrumental role in shaping the nations’ destination.
Regarding indo-Pak dialogue they said that Kashmiris were not averse to friendly relations between the two countries. However, they maintained that the Indo-Pak bilateral relations at the cost of Kashmiris were unacceptable to the people of Kashmir.
The participants through a resolution hailed the Kashmir American Council Director, Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai’s role in promoting Kashmiris’ cause of right to self determination at the international level.
Raja Zaffar-ul Haq, the chairman of Pakistan Muslim League, to the contrary painted an “All is well” picture of the situation and said that rather losing heart Kashmiris should continue their struggle with dedication and perseverance. Kashmiris who constitute a population of over 16 million people he said can not be just ignored. He said that solution of Kashmir in accordance with the UN resolutions was a guarantee to peace and stability in the region. He said that it was positive development that Indian civil society was talking about the rights of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
Others who spoke on the occasion included, former PaK president Sardar Anwar Khan, JI chief Abdul Rasheed Turabi, Khalid Ibraheem, APHC conveners Mehmood Ahmed Saghar, Ghulam Muhammad Safi, Muhammad Farooq Rehmani, Muslim League convener and host of the conference Ishtiaq Hameed, KMS Executive Director Sheikh Tajamul-ul-Islam and several others.
Lastupdate on : Wed, 25 Apr 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 25 Apr 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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