Peace Under Threat Until Kashmir Not Solved: Bhatt
27 January 2006
Lahore: The APHC leader Professor Abdul Ghani Bhatt has warned that if the Kashmir dispute is not resolved through bilateral negotiation, according to the wishes of Kashmiri people, the entire South Asia region will be under the threat of destruction as both Indian and Pakistan have become nuclear powers. 'In the past both the countries have had wars on the Kashmir issue and the history can repeat itself but this time round it will be completely devastating and horrifying', he said. However, he added that both the countries were not in a position to engage in a war and waste their resources. He underlined the need of meaningful negotiations and said the process should continue uninterruptedly for the immediate solution of the long-standing issue between two neighbouring countries. He hoped that dispute would be sorted out as a result of negotiation. He said this while addressing the Lahore High Court Bar Association (LHCBA) on Friday where he was invited by the president of the bar Justice (Retd) Fakhar-un-Nisa Khokhar. When he reached LHC premises a large number of lawyers greeted him on arrival and later heard his speech passionately and calmly. He said that due to recent political and strategic changes in the region the Kashmiri freedom fighters had been labelled as terrorists. But one thing should be keep in mind that the people of Kashmir are fighting for their right of self- determination which had been recognised by UNO but India is categorically violating the UN resolutions', he pointed out. At last the justice will prevail and our right of self-determination will be recognised after which the people of Kashmir will decide their own future to have affiliation with Pakistan or India. While throwing light on the law and order situation in the valley he said the Indian army had enforced the law of jungle in the occupied Kashmir. Human rights were being violated at large scale. The property, lives and honour of the Kashmiris people were not safe at the hands of Indian army. They had been given free hand to kill innocent people at will. No army officer was accountable before anyone. The Indian army had ruined a civilised society. The voices of thousands of young Kashmiri had been muted by killing them in torture cells set up by Indian army throughout the valley. 'They were punished just for raising voice for independence and right to plebiscite', he mentioned. He said the elections were not the solution of the issue as 12 elections had been held but the fate of Kashmiris had not changed. He criticised the puppet chief minister of held valley Ghulam Nabi Azad and termed him a Ghulam (slave) to Indian government. We are not fighting for reaching out the corridors of power but to safeguard our future. Had the government of Pakistan and its people not rendered their valuable political and moral support to the people of Kashmir, then we could not have faced the Indian oppression. The bar president Ms Nisa said that the hearts of Pakistani people beat with their Kashmiri brethren and they feel and suffer immense pain whenever Kashmiris are insulted and maltreated by the Indian forces. We stand by Kashmiris in their hour of need and will keep doing it so against all odds till goal of Kashmir independence is finally achieved. She also thanked the Kashmiri leader for visiting LHCBA on a short notice on an invitation of the bar members.