Kashmir bilateral issue, UNMOGIP has no role: NC


Srinagar, Jan 23: Days after National Conference General Secretary Sheikh Nazir and senior NC leader Dr Mustafa Kamaal reminded New Delhi of plebiscite, the NC spokesman Tanvir Sadiq on Wednesday took a U-turn saying, “Kashmir issue has to be resolved bilaterally and United Military Observers Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) has no role.”  He asked the PDP to come clear as to whether the Kashmir issue is a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan or a multilateral issue for the UN to get involved while stating that Kashmir issue had to be resolved bilaterally.
“We know this from the very beginning. If Kashmir issue is to be resolved, then it will be between India and Pakistan. We have consistently maintained that it is a bilateral issue and it should be solved bilaterally keeping in mind the sentiments and aspiration of the people of both sides of J&K,” Tanvir said in a statement.  “ It’s amusing to see a hateful statement from opposition. It is a very well known fact that PDP and their leaders are famous for their intrigue, dirty machinations. They should come clean on their position, they are proving to be the worst example of running with the hare and hunting with the hound” he alleged.
“UNMOGIP observers have been stationed at the ceasefire line between India and Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir since 1949 to supervise the ceasefire between the two neighbours. They have no mandate built around the actual resolution of the Kashmir issue,” said Tanvir. “Since their mandate came in to existence India has faced aggression from the neighbor in the 60's, 70's, in Kargil and for more than 2 decades with infiltration and militancy with UNMOGIP unable to do anything about it” he added. “The ceasefire along the Line of Control has been the result of bilateral efforts and not as a result of UNMOGIP” Tanvir said adding “We have consistently maintained that the Kashmir issue has to be resolved bilaterally between the two countries keeping in mind the sentiments and aspirations of the people of both sides of J&K.” "We understand that some people would confuse the withdrawal of the UNMOGIP with the ultimate resolution of the problem of Jammu and Kashmir, but the UNMOGIP was placed here because of the tensions along the LoC and not because of the partition of India and Pakistan." Stating that the president of United States had also ruled out any intervention the NC spokesman said: "Even President Obama had said that it is not the place of any nation, including his own to try and impose solutions from the outside. Disputes between India and Pakistan can only be resolved by the two countries themselves.”
“We believe there is no role for UNMOGIP in present context,” he added. Reacting to various statement the NC spokesman said “They are not only issueless but also disoriented, they neither know what they are saying nor do they have any historical perspective. These leaders and parties have lost direction.” They talk about different languages but forget that their tallest leader has been the biggest turncoat of recent times. “Look at the trajectory of your founder before issuing bizarre statements” Tanvir said. “From Congress, Janta Dal, Janta Party, MUF, to forming PDP, your leader symbolizes the height of opportunism and diminishing nature. He has changed parties as quickly as he has changed his so called Kashmir solution.”
“Your trajectory mirrors the career of your patron propped and projected entity aimed to dilute not only the special status of the state but also to create divisions among the people on region and religion basis,” said Tanvir adding “PDP is not only desperate but in a dilemma whether to be in mainstream or in the separatist camp, either ways their doom is certain.”
“We are not afraid of their propagandist approach and unfounded allegations. We have with stood such attacks in the past and have come clean of all allegations leveled against us” said Tanvir.
“People will judge the policies and agenda of National Conference not only on the sacrifices it has made to uphold the special status of Kashmir but also on its unflinching support to the Indo-Pak dialogue for a peaceful and progressive subcontinent including Kashmir.” 

Lastupdate on : Wed, 23 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 23 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 24 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST

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