WASHINGTON, Feb.6 (APP): The US-based World Kashmir Forum urged the world community on the Kashmir Solidarity Day to fulfil its decades-old promise and help the innocent Kashmiri people being brutally suppressed by the Indian occupation forces in the held-valley.
The gathering was organized to mark the day around the world, observed every year to show solidarity with the struggling Kashmiri people. The participants applauded the widespread and enthusiastic support in the United States and around the world for the Kashmiri self-determination cause.
The people of Kashmir are determined to present their peaceful objectives to the international community. Their objective is to seek a peaceful and lasting solution to the conflict through dialogue, with the participation of all parties including India Pakistan and representatives of Kashmir, said Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai, a prominent Kashmiri leader and Secretary General of the Forum.
Dr Fai said it was totally incomprehensible as to why the world powers do not want the Kashmiri participation in the talks when the right to choose the destiny of 22 million people was given by the UN Security Council to the inhabitants of the territory and not to the leadership in New Delhi or Islamabad.
Any attempt to strike a deal between any two parties without associating the third will always lead us to a barren land. So, the future negotiations must be tripartite between all parties concerned, Fai added.
He said that potential elements of a peaceful solution have been in place for nearly 70 years and the UN resolutions clearly lay out that the people of Kashmir have the right, and should be provided with the opportunity to decide the status of their land.
This, he added, were embodied in agreements and resolutions and were not only committed by the governments of India and Pakistan but the UN itself.
While alternative modalities can be subject of negotiations, the principle has no substitute as the basis for an enduring settlement, “the principle that the wishes and aspirations of the people of Kashmir must be ascertained in seeking any final settlement,” Fai emphasized.
Professor Imtiaz Khan, President, Kashmiri American Council said that the truth is that the people of Kashmir themselves have always been hostile to the presence of India’s troops on their soil and have resisted to such oppression. He said over 100,000 Kashmiris have died within the past 28 years alone.
Dr M. A Dhar said that there was a way to a peaceful settlement of the Kashmir issue lies in tripartite negotiations between India, Pakistan and the All Parties Hurriyet Conference.
He said that it was absolutely necessary to have third-party mediation because history shows that bilateral arrangements have never worked out as India is always insincere.
Other Kashmiri leaders, who spoke on the occasion included Raja Liaqat Kiyani, Iqbal Chand Doddy, Sardar Zulfiqar Roshan Khan, Khalid Fahee, Sardar Aftab Rosan Khan, Mohammad Amer, Murtaza Mohammad and Sardar Zubair.
All the speakers condemned the ongoing Indian atrocities in the occupied valley and said that the world community has an obligation to stop Indian forces from committed unspeakable brutalities on the innocent Kashmiri people, including women and children.
They urged the United States to persuade India and Pakistan to initiate a meaningful dialogue between all parties concerned to settle the dispute to the satisfaction of the people of Kashmir. APP/zh