Indian attitude compelled Kashmiris to take guns: Sultan
8 August 2003
The News International
MIRPUR: While denouncing India's repeated allegation of cross border terrorism against Pakistan, the former AJK premier, Barrister Sultan Mahmood Chaudhry, has said the youth of occupied Kashmir were compelled to take guns due to India's persistent denial and unwillingness to settle the Kashmir issue through political ways and means.Talking to APP here on Friday, Barrister Sultan said that Kashmiris' indigenous struggle for freedom of occupied Jammu Kashmir from the Indian clutches could not be branded as the terrorism.The Kashmiris' freedom struggle is not a new phenomenon, he said, adding: 'They tried to resolve the lingering global dispute politically and through peaceful means but their such desire went in vain because of the continued denial by India to grant them their legitimate right to self-determination, committed by the world community through the UN resolutions.'Ultimately, the Kashmiri youth were compelled to take to guns to get the motherland freed from India's unlawful and forcible rule,' Sultan said.In fact, there is no cross border terrorism, he said and pointed out that Pakistan had already offered the induction of the international observers on the Line of Control and the borders to assess the baseless allegation.Sultan called for early resumption of result-oriented tri- partite talks among Pakistan, India and Kashmiris' true representative to resolve the Kashmir problem without further loss of time.Asked to what extent Pakistan and India were serious in resolving the Kashmir issue he said that it was India who always escaped from the sincere efforts and desire of Pakistan to peacefully resolve the Kashmir problem for the sake of establishment of everlasting peace in South Asia.Sultan continued that both Pakistan and India took first step towards normalising their relations by reopening their High Commissions. The High Commissioners of both the countries have assumed their responsibilities in Delhi and Islamabad. The visa-issuing process has also been started.He said the friendship bus is also plying between the two countries and they are now making efforts to restore the air links as well. These measures will certainly contribute towards establishing a peaceful atmosphere and their talks to resolve all the differences, especially the core issue of Kashmir will gradually progress, he hoped.He called for early release of all the Kashmiri prisoners from jails of occupied Jammu Kashmir and India and withdrawal of the baseless cases against them, registered under the draconian black laws of Pota. He said that their only 'crime' was raising voice for the liberation of the motherland from the long Indian colonial rule and for the achievement of their birth right of self-determination.'It is imperative for establishment of conductive atmosphere for both India and Pakistan to hold meaningful talks,' he concluded.