February 2001 News

Lord Nazir for tripartite talks to resolve Ksahmir

14 February 2001
The Nation

Islamabad: MIRPUR (APP) – Lord Nazir Ahmed, member of House of Lords, has called for early holding of tripartite talks among India, Pakistan and the Kashmiri leadership for the early and peaceful solution of Kashmir issue.  Talking to a three member delegation of the Kashmir Watch led by its Chairman Mir Mohammad Siddique Khawaja at the House of Lord in London recently, according to a message received here Wednesday.  The other members of the delegation are Raja Mohammad Sharif Khan, Chief of Kashmir Research Centre, Britain, and senior activist of the Kashmir Watch and Raja Muhammad Shabir Advocate, the human rights activist. He has asked India to enter into the proposed tripartite dialogue to resolve the outstanding issue of Kashmir without any further loss of time. The delegation exchanged views with him on the overall current affairs of Kashmir and especially the continued massive violations of human rights by the Indian occupation forces in Indianheld Kashmir. Lord Nazir continued that Britain’s ruling Labour Party was pleased over the proposed tripartite talks among India, Pakistan and the Kashmiri Leadership and willing for such objective dialogues among the three for early peaceful and just settlement of the Kashmir problem, he added.  He said that the Labour Party was still acting upon its same policy stance over Kashmir as was in 1997 general elections in Britain. Lord Nazir said that Labour Party always stressed for the settlement of the Kashmir issue through objective and meaningful talks and it was also the part of the party’s manifesto, he added. Lord Nazir called upon India to immediately issue the travel documents including passports to the members of the proposed high level delegation of the leaders of All Parties Hurriyat conference to visit Pakistan to pave the way for establishment of cordial atmosphere for the settlement of early and peaceful solution of Kashmir issue. Lord Nazir suggested Pakistan to invite the leaders and representatives of various recognised Kashmiri organisations based in Britain as observer in case of the visit of the APHC’s delegation from occupied Kashmir to Pakistan. - enable them to assess the impacts resulted of the proposed visit to Pakistan of the APHC’s delegation which could pace the way for just and peaceful settlement of the much-delayed Kashmir issue, he said. Lord Nazir called for early and early solution of the kashmir issue for establishment of permanent and durable peace in South Asia. He asked India to set aside her present negative and irresponsible attitude and resolve the Kashmir issue. Chairman of the Kashmir watch Mir Mohammad Siddique Khawaja and other members of his deputation apprised Lord Nazir of the continued massive human rights abuses and the brutalities by Indian occupation forces in held Kashmir inspite of the so-called announcement about ceasefire by New Delhi. Members of the delegation called for the performance of sincere role by the British government to get the Indian atrocities stopped in occupied Kashmir and to get the right to self determination granted to the Kashmiri people in accordance with the U.N. resolutions.


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