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Ownership of Kashmir Conflict

By Air Cmdre (r) Khalid Iqbal • Sep 29th, 2010 • Category: Politics • One Response

It is interesting to observe that ownership of Kashmir conflict is expanding. Kashmiri youth has taken the lead and assumed the responsibility of carrying forth the struggle to its logical conclusion. Old guard Kashmiri leaders and veterans of fist generation struggle are extending full support to the youngsters. Entire IHK is in a state of defiance. With death tolls exceeding psychological number of 100, the struggle sees to have entered in an irreversible phase. Secretary Generals of UN and OIC have expressed their concern over the brutalities being committed by Indian security apparatus in Kashmir.

Unable to sustain a protracted state of denial, India has, yet once again, acknowledged the disputed status of the territory. Recently, Prime Minister Singh held an emergency APC in New Delhi, which decided to send a 37-member delegation to occupied Kashmir to talk to local politicians and business groups in an effort to ease tensions. Though it was a lacklustre ‘All Parties Conference’, it has kick-started a fresh political initiative by the Indian bi-partisan political leadership. While at the same time, erratic statement of Indian foreign minister in New York UN has demonstrated Indian’s Machiavellian approach to the issue.

Indian initiative may however be a non-starter due to the condition that talks should be held within the framework of the Indian constitution, whereas first assertion of the Kashmiri leadership is that Jammu and Kashmir is a disputed territory; and that India has made several promises at the international level, which ought to be fulfilled.

To coincide with the arrival of the Indian fact-finding mission in Srinagar, identical resolutions were adopted unanimously by the National Assembly and the Senate of Pakistan, condemning “state terrorism” in the region and reaffirming Pakistan’s “diplomatic, political and moral support” for Kashmiris in their struggle.

Resolution adopted by the assembly expressed “grave concern on the situation in occupied Kashmir”, condemned “India’s state terrorism” and demanded that India “stop murder and plunder”, withdraw troops from the “state/urban population, cancel black laws, lift curfew, end media blackout, release Kashmiri leaders and thousands of imprisoned youth, refrain from obstructing the performance of religious duties and locking mosques and allow international human rights organisations to come to occupied Kashmir”. It emphasized that Kashmiris were engaged in a “peaceful struggle for their right of self-determination in accordance with the United Nations Charter, UN resolutions, the Universal Declaration for Human Rights and resolutions of the Non-Aligned Movement as their basic right”. It appealed to world nations “not to remain silent spectators of the Kashmir situation and compel India to stop injustice and repression on Kashmiris and resolve the Kashmir issue, and take practical steps for the implementation of (relevant) UN Security Council resolutions.”

Kashmiri peoples’ and political leadership’s response to Indian parliamentary delegation clearly indicates a huge trust deficit between New Delhi and freedom fighters. Main stream political leadership of IHK decided to abstain from directly interacting with the parliamentary delegation because they are now wary of such visits as these represent only an effort at short-term crisis management and that there is neither any clear commitment towards effective resolution of the issue nor any path finding effort for addressing the aspirations and interests of the IHK masses. However, a memorandum was addresses by the IHK political leadership to the visiting delegation, recommending a negotiation based plan of action for resolving the dispute.

Kashmiri political leadership is right in following this approach because Kashmiris have repeatedly seen in the past that it is only when a major crisis erupts that visible efforts are made by India to engage and understand peoples’ aspirations; and as soon as the immediate crisis subsides, inherent political complacency and negligence is restored.

IHK political leadership has made it a point to not to ask for unilateral political concessions, rather they are pursuing for a joint commitment to a meaningful process that guarantees results. They are of the opinion that this is possible only if serious efforts are made to create a conducive environment for dialogue by removal of the harsh and repressive measures, like Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFPSA), which are in force in IHK, to suppress aspirations and fundamental democratic rights of Kashmiris .

IHK leadership has suggested that to begin with, resolution of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir should become a ‘Common Minimum Programme’ shared by all political parties in India and in Pakistan, so that such a process is transparent and is designed to deliver a negotiated solution to the Kashmir issue that is mutually worked towards by and is acceptable to all parties concerned.

Making a fresh demand for a result-oriented dialogue, the moderate faction of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) have demanded setting up of Kashmir committees in India and Pakistan to find an everlasting solution to the Kashmir issue. “We look forward to entering into a dialogue based on shared commitments… Let the Government of India establish and empower an official body, a Kashmir Committee, consisting of senior representatives of major political parties to develop and enter into a process of engagement with representatives of the people of Jammu and Kashmir,” the Chairman of APHC Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and JKLF Chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik said in a joint memorandum. “We believe that a similar Kashmir Committee, bringing together all political forces, should also be established in Pakistan. We will suggest to political parties in Pakistan that this be done.”

The memorandum further said, “This (setting up of Kashmir committees) will ensure that all major political forces in India and Pakistan are on board with the peace process and it will help institutionalise and sustain the process to resolve the Kashmir problem.

“On our part we are ready and willing to engage and sustain a meaningful and irreversible process of dialogue designed to avoid the failures of the past and to jointly develop and implement a solution to the Kashmir dispute that is acceptable to all sides - India, Pakistan and above all the people of the State,” the memorandum said.
It is unwavering determination of the people of Kashmir that has sustained the freedom struggle against the barbarity of India and its occupation forces in the face of the placatory silence of the international community, for example President Obama conveniently skipped the issue during his recent address to UNGA. It is disappointing to see what has become of ‘candidate Obama’ who was an ardent supporter of the cause of Kashmiris.

It is UN Secretary General’s legal obligation to stand for Kashmiris against Indian homicide in occupied Kashmir since the Kashmir dispute is on the agenda of UN Security Council. Moreover, being a depository of all resolutions on Kashmir dispute, UN is the rightful sponsor for undertaking a concerted campaign to throw up a viable solution to the dispute. Time has come for the UN to own the conflict, dust off archives and jump-start the process. Let’s go beyond rhetoric!

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  1. Mine question to all Pakistanis — Specially who are well educated (Under Graduate to Post Graduate) – why don’t they see our country every time under attack from they don’t afraid a nuclear war but our timid politicians afraid nuclear war. We all Pakistanis should recognize that India is fighting a proxy war against us from its creation; they are sending their TERRORISTS to kill our brothers & destroy our business, industries & economy.

    Therefore, we have to end this proxy war once & forever. At least once we have to attack them & we have to solve all issue for ever. Freedom comes only with real struggle, like thousands of MUSLIMS got martyred for over hundred years to free PAKISTAN from British rule & they freed PAKISTAN that includes Kashmir, too. Now these well to do INDIANS OCCUPIED KASHMIRI opportunists want to become leader & wish to grab power by using the great propaganda of only Muslim Focused Terrorism.

    ZARDARI Stupid - War against Terror Promoter — Your smile will not help to tame a cobra, catch him, take his poison & teeth beat him & make him fail & tame him. Look around & all over the world you can see all the war & problem in the world now belong to these satanic peoples Zionist & Berhamins.

    Muslims Samjh Lo – Chata Hay Kaun MUSLIMS Ko Apas Mein LARANA-
    Pura-na Inka Yeh Khail – Afsoos – Tum Nay Aab Tuk Na —– Inko Pehchana-

    So my beloved PAKISTANIS has to prepare for a major war & we have to win the war forever. So we should need the support from world most powerful country like CHINA & its ally. So our ISI & ARMED Forces should take concrete steps for getting support from CHINA & IRAN.

    PAKISTANI Government should not hesitate to capture back our land from INDIA.

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