CBMs, trans LoC trade aimed at maintaining status-quo: Salahuddin

NISAR AHMED THOKAR

Islamabad, Jan 26: The Chairman of United Jihad Council and the supreme commander of Hizbul Mujahideen Syed Salahuddin on Saturday said India on the pretext of Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) and trans LoC trade wants to kill the Kashmir issue, and dilute the intensity of ongoing struggle in Kashmir.
 Talking to group of journalists here the UJC chief said: “There are sinister designs on the part of New Delhi behind all these CBMs and diplomatic overtures. Under the garb of these so-called CBMs  New Delhi wants to kill the real issue, which is the Kashmiri people’s right to self-determination that was promised to them by the international community.” He was of the view that New Delhi endeavors to enhance cross LoC trade and people to people contact so that the influx of the people across the divide increases and volume of trade and commerce undermines the real issue. “This can prove detrimental for the interests of Kashmiris and Pakistan, and fatal for the real cause,” he said.
 He alleged that Indian motive behind the Confidence Building Measures is a ploy to maintain the status-quo. “India wants to hoodwink international community thereby giving a false notion that the Kashmir issue is being addressed but the fact remains that for last several years no serious efforts were made to address the real issue,” he added.
 He said that the UJC leadership from day one has been opposing these CBMs. “Kashmiris’ have not rendered sacrifices for trade, there is not even a single example that people of Kashmir have ever demanded that they should be allowed to go across the divide,” he said.
 “Kashmiris demanded only one thing that is the complete withdrawal of forces so that they may be able to decide their fate as per their aspirations,” Hizb chief maintained. Referring to Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) he said:  “AFSPA is a black law, due to which forces commit unprecedented human rights violations in Kashmir. This law is an instrument by which the forces want to stifle the ongoing legitimate struggle and suppress Kashmiris’ ultimate demand for right to self-determination.”
 Regarding the Indian demand to wind up United Nations Military Observers Group from India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP), Salahuddin said: “Kashmir is an internationally recognized disputed territory; so far the two nations have fought three full-fledged wars on the issue. Since past 23 years an armed struggle is going on in Kashmir and over half a million Kashmiris have so far been killed in this dispute, thousands of women have been molested and gang-raped, property worth billions of rupees has been destroyed due to this unresolved dispute”.
 “And even today when I talk to you, people of Kashmir are demonstrating their resentment against New Delhi by observing a shutdown. So how can international community compromise its 65 years old stance on the Kashmir issue and accept the bogus demand of India that UNMOGIP should wind up its operations,” he said. 
 “Presence of UNMOGIP in the area means that Kashmir is a disputed territory and the observers presence in the region also shows that international community and the UN are committed to honor their commitments that Kashmiri people will be given their right to decide their destiny,” he said, adding that New Delhi’s demand to windup UNMOGIP is unjustified and uncalled for and that is why the world community and the UN out rightly rejected New Delhi’s demand.
 Regarding NC leader’s statement regarding Kashmiris’ right to self-determination, the Hizb chief said that such statements were indeed very close to reality and historical facts but “We smell a hypocrisy in it, we feel that it may be a ploy just to gain the vote bank in future elections otherwise if the NC leadership is convinced that the inalienable right of the people of Kashmir has been snatched by the dint of force then it should resign and join the separatist camp,” he said.
 Referring to L K Advani’s statement that forces deployed in Kashmir cannot be punished he said, “Advani and the people of his ilk are convinced and convergent on this point that by every means the legitimate struggle in Kashmir should be crushed. HR violations, human rights and human values have no value before them and they have nothing to do with it,” he added.
 Salahuddin expressed dismay over Kashmiri youth being awarded life sentences. He also thanked people of Kashmir for observing complete shutdown on January 26.


Lastupdate on : Sat, 26 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 26 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sun, 27 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST




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