Army chief’s statement aimed at strangulating ongoing Kashmir movement: KPI

Secretary General, Kashmir Peace Institute, Syed Hameed Shaheen Alvi on Sunday said the statement of Indian army chief in which he “threatened” Pakistan “smacks of New Delhi’s jingoism” and that it seems a “calculated move to strangulate ongoing Kashmir movement”.

Gen Bipin Rawat had on Saturday said that Indian army can resort to “other actions” too, if Islamabad continues to support cross-border militancy.

   

“It [threat] seems a calculated move to strangulate ongoing Kashmir movement against the occupation of Jammu and Kashmir by India by force,” said Alvi while urging Pakistan to raise “this latest provocation at the UN forum.”

Alvi said this while talking to a group of Kashmiri students in Pakistan capital Islamabad who wanted to know the situation in Kashmir region, said a statement. 

He told the youth that UN Security Council back in 1948 and 1949 had given clear cut verdict on the peaceful solution of Kashmir dispute, via UN supervised plebiscite, said the statement.

General Rawat’s statement, he said, is a virtual military attack against Pakistan and Kashmiris.

He accused India of withholding UN-recommended plebiscite in Kashmir and questioned why “India has stationed over 800,000 armed forces in Kashmir?” 

Alvi said that in 2008 the then Indian Premier Dr Manmohan Singh in his address to the Annual session of the UN General Assembly had re-assured the international community that India would settle all outstanding disputes with Pakistan through negotiations. 

“In the light of that UN statement of Dr Singh, India should have taken appropriate measures towards resolutions of all the unresolved issues,” he said.

Kashmiris are struggling for their birth right of self-determination, he said, adding that “it is India that blocks the forward way.”

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