Pak seminar discusses Kashmir threadbare

Terming right to self-determination as the cardinal principle of UN charter, speakers at a seminar hosted by APHC Pakistan chapter here on Thursday said that the UNCIP resolution of 5th January 1949 provides a strong basis to settle the long running dispute of Kashmir peacefully.

Terming right to self-determination as the cardinal principle of UN charter, speakers at a seminar hosted by APHC Pakistan chapter here on Thursday said that the UNCIP resolution of 5th January 1949 provides a strong basis to settle the long running dispute of Kashmir peacefully.

The seminar titled as "Can Kashmiris right to self determination lapse because of passage of time or continued Indian repression" was chaired by PML-N central leader senator Raja Zaffar ul Haq and addressed by Prime Minister of Pakistani administered Kashmir Raja Farooq Hyder Khan, Senator Akram Khan Durani, and Hurriyat leaders including Muhammad Farooq Rehmani, Ghulam Muhammad Safi and Mir Tahir Masood.

Highlighting significance of the UNCIP resolution the speakers said that the resolution provides a comprehensive mechanism to resolve the dispute. "The resolution besides acknowledging Kashmiri peoples' fundamental right to self determination gives a detailed guideline regarding the withdrawal of foreign troops and holding a free, fair and impartial plebiscite in the region", they said adding that as per the resolution government of India and Pakistan were bound to create a conducive and congenial atmosphere towards final settlement of the dispute.

Expressing discontent over what they called as India's intransigence and expansionism design the speakers maintained that notwithstanding international comments India has violated the essence of these resolution by creating cobweb of confusion around it. they said that in contravention of international norms of peace and justice India had unleashed reign of terror and turned entire state into a military garrison  by deploying more than half a million military and paramilitary troops in the disputed territory.

Referring to recent uprising in Kashmir they said that Indian forces crossed all limits of cruelty by killing hundreds of innocent civilians and by using live ammunition and pellet guns against protesters that left hundreds of youth visionless and handicapped.

Speaking on the occasion Muhammad Farooq Rehmani said that the significance of UNCIP resolutions further aggrandize in the backdrop of 2016 Intifada that left behind harrowing legacy of blind boys and girls. As far as the resolution of international disputes is concerned Rehmani said that right to self-determination remains to be the cardinal principle of the UN charter. He said that disputes like East Timor, South Sudan and Scotland and other such issues were resolved on the same principle and likewise the UNCIP resolution of 1949 provides sort of similar mechanism to address the dispute of Kashmir. He said that it was quite unfortunate that due to International community's indifference Kashmiris have suffered time and again. Urging world community to shun its indifference towards the issue he said since Kashmiris were principle and basic party to the dispute their verdict vis-à-vis their political future should be respected.

Senator Akram Khan Durani while lauding the sacrifices of the people of Jammu and Kashmir said that Kashmiris' struggle was just and legitimate struggle. Terming Kashmir as unfinished agenda of the partition he said that the issue should be resolved peacefully in accordance with the UN resolution. Stressing the need for meaningful and result-oriented dialogue to resolve Kashmir dispute Durani said, "Dialogue is the only way to resolve all disputes, India and Pakistan should hold meaningful and result oriented dialogue and settle dispute peacefully to secure the future of new generations".

Mir Tahir Masood while urging the government of Pakistan to stick to its principled stance on the issue said that there was a dire need to maintain consistency in Kashmir policy and follow-up action to garner international support.

 Speaking on the occasion, the prime minister of Pakistani administered Kashmir Raja Farooq Hyder Khan said that 2016 uprising amply demonstrated the fact that Kashmiris' ongoing struggle was indigenous. He said that coordinated efforts were needed to get the issue of Kashmir internationalized. For that he said, "As for as promoting and projecting Kashmir cause at international level, I think, there is a need to change the approach and revisit the wisdom".

 "Death of a migrant child, Aylan Kurd, shocked the entire world but nobody even cared and mourned over the tragic deaths of hundreds of innocent children who were ruthlessly put to death in Kashmir over the past several years", the premier said.

Senator Raja Zaffarul Haq while lauding the sacrifices rendered by Kashmir people said, "Kashmiris endured trials and tribulations but  did not succumb to Indian repression". Drawing parallels between Palestinian Intifada and Kashmiris' struggle for right to self-determination he said that it was moral victory of the people of Kashmir that not only leaders of political parties but civil society representatives within India have started speaking in their favour openly.

Regarding UNSC's recent resolution seeking end to Israel settlements Haq said, "Until yesterday nobody ever thought that UNSC will come up with such a comprehensive resolution against Israeli settlements, even Palestinians were not having an inkling". "It is basically a matter of truth and justice", he said adding that it amply demonstrates the fact that if your stance is based on truth, you will ultimately succeed in your mission but it depends on how effectively you plead your case. Appreciating Kashmiris political acumen Haq said that Kashmiri people were politically matured enough and being the basic party to the dispute they can plead their case effectively at internationally as compared to others.

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