Intra-Kashmir Dialogue Calls For Early Demilitarization And Self Rule In Kashmir
8 January 2006
Associated Press of Pakistan
Mirpur: 'Jammu Kashmir state is an indivisible entity which cannot be divided permanently in any form on the basis of religion, culture and ethnicity. For facilitating the process of dialogue to determine the future set up of Jammu and Kashmir through the early settlement of the Kashmir dispute in a free and peaceful manner, the state should be demilitarized and the entire Line of Control be opened for free movement of the Kashmiris from both sides of the LoC'. This was demanded in the 'Mirpur Declaration' issued at the end of the day long 'Intra-Kashmir Dialogue' held here Saturday under the auspices of Jammu and Kashmir Intellectual Forum. The ceremony was presided over by leader of the forum and ex Chief Justice of Azad Jammu Kashmir High Court Justice (Retd) Abdul Majeed Mallick- who also heads the Jammu & Kashmir Liberation League. The Intra-Kashmir dialogue was also attended by visiting seven member delegation of pro- freedom political activists, writers, journalists, business community members from occupied Jammu including Krishen Dev Seithi, Ved Bhasin Chairman Jammu-based leading pro-freedom English daily Kashmir Times, educationist Sadershan Mahajin, journalist Jatinder Chadda, businessman Rameish Gupta, Dr. Bansi Lal and law expert Vachal Seithi. Similarly from Azad Jammu Kashmir historians, politicians, writers, legal experts and scholars including its chief Justice (Retd) Abdul Majeed Mallick, the coordinator of the Forum Prof. Nazir Tabassam, JKLF President Amanullah Khan, visiting Kashmir-born Chairman of British Muslim Forum Khurshid Ahmed, JKNLF President Shoukat Maqbaool Butt, President AJK Chapter of PPP (Shaheed Bhutto) Munir Ahmed Chaudhry Advocate, Chairman Jammu Kashmir Human Rights Commissioner Humayoon Zaman Mirza, Ex President District Bar Association Riaz Inqlabi Advocate, visiting Kashmir-origin British journalist Mahboob Kakarvi, President Jammu Kashmir Refugees Organisation Ch. Sharif Tariq Advocate, SAbir Insari Advocatre, Prof. Mirza Muahmmad Iq bal, Prof. Muhammad sarfraz and others expressed their views in the Intra-Kashmir dialogue stressing for the early peaceful settlement of Kashmir issue according to the aspirations of the Kashmiris. Later releasing the 'Mirpur Declaration' at a news conference here Sunday, Justice (Retd) Abdul Majeed Mallick said that Intra Kashmir dialogue discussed at length the situation in Jammu & Kashmir and unanimously called for early and peaceful solution of the Kashmir issue through the result-oriented dialogue. Several speakers fully supported Pakistan's recent proposals of demilitarization and self rule in Kashmir and urged upon India to positively respond to these ideas to pave the way for early resolution of the Kashmir problem, the major cause of tension between the two nuclear-armed arch rivals. Justice Majeed Mallick said that Mirpur declaration categorically declared that future of the state of Jammu Kashmir state is to be determined only by its people through free, fair, and unfettered expression of their will. The declaration continued 'that Jammu Kashmir state is a multinational, multicultural and multi- religious entity and these characteristics of the state must be retained be retained by establishing a democratic and federal system of self-governance in the state'. The declaration further said that for facilitating the process of dialogue to determine the future set up of Jammu Kashmir in a free and peaceful manner more confidence building measures including immediate ceasefire between the forces in the occupied state, withdrawal of troops, unconditional release of all political detenus including freedom fighters and withdrawal of call cases against them, repealing of all draconian laws, restoration of civil liberties, apprising the parents of the whereabouts of the disappeared persons and return and rehabilitation of all migrants in the Indian-occupied Kashmir should be made'. Majeed Mallick said a four member committee comprising his-self, Ved Bhasin, Amanullah Khan and Prof. Zahoor ud Din was constituted to manage the wide-scale publicity of the Mirpur Declaration across the world including in India, Pakistan as well as at both sides of the LoC in Jammu Kashmir including AJK and the Indian-held Kashmir. He said that two more members one each from Srinagar and one from amongst the Kashmiris settled in United Kingdom will be added in the committee. The JKLL President said that Kashmir issue has become hostage since last 59 years only because of the traditional stubbornness of India. He said India should be well aware of the fact that Kashmiris, in no way, wanted to live with India. The Kashmiri leader reiterated his demand that India should positively respond to Pakistan's recent proposals of demilitarization and self governance of Kashmir to strengthen the efforts for early solution of Kashmir issue. He pointed out that on one India India admitted Kashmir the issue required to be resolved. 'But at the same time New Delhi always escape and deviate from all ways and means which lead to the peaceful resolution of the lingering dispute', he added, Mallick also called upon the people and political parties of India to compel their government to move for early peaceful solution of Kashmir issue through result-oriented dialogue for the sake of emergence of durable and permanent peace and speedy progress of the South Asia. The Kashmiri leader emphasized the need for highlighting the importance of early peaceful solution of Kashmir issue at all political and diplomatic fronts. He concluded that India can not keep the Jammu Kashmir people deprived of their birth right of freedom and the right of self determination for more long time. Coordinator of the Intellectual Forum Prof. Nazir Tabbasam, Riaz Inqlabi Advocate, Ch. Munir Ahmed Advocate and eminent Kashmiri human rights activist Humayoon Zaman Mirza were also present at the news conference.