I have a question!
Why blame Jinnah for Kashmir remaining unsettled?
Prominent author and legal luminary A G Noorani dropped a bombshell recently by claiming that Muhammad Ali Jinnah refused to accept Lord Mountbatten’s proposal to hold plebiscite in three states - Kashmir, Junagarh and Hyderabad in 1947.
Noorani, while speaking at a function in Srinagar to mark the Silver Jubilee celebrations of Greater Kashmir, said: “Kashmir question would have been settled had Muhammad Ali Jinnah accepted the proposal of Lord Mountbatten on November 1, 1947.”
History reveals that Indian Army landed in Kashmir in October 1947 and it had already taken its position when proposal, according to Noorani, was put forward. One wonders under whose supervision Lord Mountbatten wanted to hold plebiscite in Kashmir? Was it Indian Army’s presence in Kashmir which made Jinnah turndown the proposal? Or there were some other reasons.
Noorani’ assertions have triggered a debate and people have started wondering why Jinnah opposed plebiscite proposal?
Noorani also tried to bail out late Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah by claiming that he was never in favour of Kashmir’s accession with India and he had sent two of his emissaries to Pakistan to meet Jinnah but he claimed that no one met them there and they had to return empty handed. Noorani’s assertions indicate as if Jinnah himself was not interested in Kashmir and he has to be blamed for Kashmir remaining unsettled. One wonders if Jinnah was not interested in Kashmir then why did tribals from Pakistan enter Kashmir and tried to liberate it?
Noorani is a prominent historian and his revelations cannot be brushed aside. Anyway history is history. What common Kashmiri today is looking at is his present and future. Past 23-years of turmoil in no way have brought Kashmiris close to New Delhi. In fact past two decades have even pushed Kashmir away from Pakistan. They have realized that they have to stand on their own and to pursue their case on their own.
Qaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah at that time may have had his own compulsions like the present regime in Pakistan has. During past 63-years New Delhi has strengthened its control over Jammu and Kashmir in every possible way and its intransigence to hold on to JK has complicated the vexed Kashmir issue.
Noorani advising Kashmiris to give up their demand to implement United Nations resolutions in Kashmir and look for a settlement within the ambit of constitution after 63-year of struggle seems to be New Delhi’s clear cut message. If this is the message then why blame Jinnah for Kashmir issue not being settled?
It seems the day Indian Army landed in Kashmir in 1947, New Delhi’s Kashmir policy was formulated on that very day. It was decided that come what may JK would become an integral part of India and negotiations would be held with the Kashmiri leaders to make them join the mainstream. Initially New Delhi held negotiations with late Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah and his associates and made them fall in the line. Similarly New Delhi has been trying to hold negotiations with the separatist leaders for the past two decades and the talks only seem to be aimed towards making them join the mainstream. It has never talked about any settlement outside the ambit of Indian constitution. With all regards and respect for A G Noorani a common Kashmiri wants to ask him is it really fair to blame Jinnah or Pakistan for Kashmir remaining unsettled till date?
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