The copies of a written speech of Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq were distributed on Thursday in a seminar organised by Young Parliamentarians Forum, National Assembly of Pakistan in Islamabad, Pakistan to discuss and analyse various dimensions of Kashmir dispute and prospects of its resolution in the larger interest of the global security, said a spokesman.
"Mirwaiz had been invited to address the seminar but due to non availability of passport he could not attend the seminar in person, however, he expressed his views in a written speech which was distributed by the organizers among the participants of the seminar," he said.
In his speech, the Mirwaiz said that the Kashmir dispute, one of the oldest disputes on United Nations agenda, remains a continuous threat to the peace and stability of not only South Asia but the entire world.
"As all of you know that this is a dispute with multi dimensions and multi facets. It has a historical dimension, a humanitarian dimension, a strategic dimension, a security dimension, an economic dimension and many others," he said, in the speech.
Focusing on the humanitarian dimension of the dispute, it has over the years become the cause of worst suffering for the entire population of Jammu and Kashmir besides affecting the peace and tranquility of more than 1.5 billion people of the sub-continent, said the Mirwaiz.
"Lacs of people have lost their lives since the start of this dispute in1947 and this phenomenon is still going on. The non-resolution of the dispute has also become the main reason of enormous sufferings of the people in Kashmir. The flagrant violation of the basic Human Rights of the people at the hands of Indian Forces has turned the life of an average Kashmiri miserable. The continued refusal of the Govt. of India to recognize the right of self-determination of the people of Jammu & Kashmir and the use of brutal force cum undemocratic means to crush the peaceful struggle has been adopted as a policy to subjugate the people of Kashmir."
Mirwaiz said that human rights abuse touches "fresh heights" with every passing year.
"In 2016 people's uprising (which still continues) for the achievement of their right to self-determination as provided in the UN charter and the resolutions of UN Security Council on Kashmir, more than 120 persons fell to the brutal violence of government forces. About 20,000 people were injured, hundreds of them by pellet fires in which scores of the youth got pellets in their eyes thus lost their eye sight forever. Thousands of people of all ages from 13 to 80 years of age were incarcerated and most of these still languish in jails and detention centers. All the prominent leaders of resistance movement including myself were either jailed or put under house arrest," said the Mirwaiz.
Besides worst human rights violations the other aspects of the humanitarian dimension includes the pain and suffering of the divided families who have forcibly been deprived the natural right of being together or enjoy and celebrate the moments of joy together or express sorrow or a word of sympathy to one another at the hour of grief.
"The abject and miserable life of millions of people living on both sides of the line of divide is one more derivative of this dispute. Because of the regular exchange of fire on this line people have no alternative but leave behind their home and hearth to run for their safety and shelter"
Being the main cause of tension and the core issue between India and Pakistan, the Hurriyat (M) chairman said this dispute has become the basic reason for a race of acquiring weapons and war machinery for both the countries. "… thus spending huge amounts of public exchequer on arms race which could otherwise be spent on improving the education, healthcare, communication and other infrastructure sectors to help eradicate poverty, disease and illiteracy from the region."
Besides the humanitarian aspect, this dispute is a serious threat to the peace and security of the entire region.
"After achieving nuclear capability by both India and Pakistan there looms a continuous and serious threat of a nuclear war in the region which has also global consequences. Any spark in the nuclear arsenal of these countries even by accident or misunderstanding can bring a nuclear holocaust to the region."
"In such a situation when this dispute has acquired enormous humanitarian dimension and has become a constant threat for the security of the south Asia and the world, there is a need to address this issue seriously and resolve it in accordance with the resolutions of the United Nations and as per the wishes of the people of Jammu and Kashmir."
Mirwaiz said the continuation of this dispute has made the situation in Kashmir more volatile and unstable.
"In spite of occasional overtures by India and Pakistan towards each other for the resolution of all pending issues, including that of Kashmir, between Indo-Pak the fact remains that the trust deficit between the two remains there as ever. Whenever any effort is made to overcome this trust-deficit and move forward on positive lines, it is overshadowed by some unfortunate incident which pushes the situation back to square one."
"It also remains a fact of the history of Kashmir dispute that in spite of tremendous efforts by a number of countries, especially soon after the passing of the resolutions in UN, these resolutions could not be implemented and even after the decades mocks at the inability of UN to implement its decisions."
"In spite of their non-implementation UN Security Council resolutions remain a strong foundation of the legitimacy of the Kashmir as an International dispute which automatically casts an obligation on the International Community regarding the resolution of this dispute. Besides the ethical obligation there are compelling reasons which require efforts by the global community to come forward and play their role in the resolution of the Kashmir dispute."