January 2007 News

Oppistion Rejects Kashmir Proposals

15 January 2007
The Nation

Islamabad: Rejecting President Pervez Musharraf's four-point proposals on Kasmir, heads of main opposition parties, Kashmiri leaders and intellectuals Monday demanded resolution of the core issue in accordance with the aspirations of Kashmiri people and UN resolutions. This demand was made during 'National Consultative Conference (NCC) on Kashmir,' organized by the World Muslim Conference here. Former President Muhammad Rafiq Tarar, PML-N Chairman Raja Zafarul Haq, Leader of the Opposition in National Assembly Maulana Fazlur Rehman, AJK President Raja Zulqarnain, MMA President Qazi Hussain Ahmed, PPP-P President Makhdoom Amin Fahim, APHC Azad Kashmir Chapter ex-general secretary Muhammad Abdullah Malik and other prominent religious and political parties leaders from Kashmir and Pakistan participated in the conference. The conference rejected President Musharraf's proposals and said that one man cannot decide the destiny of the Kashmiri people. The government has taken a U-turn on Kashmir, they added. The speakers emphasized that people of Kashmir must be made part of negotiations. The core issue could not be resolved without participation of Kashmiri people in the dialogue process. No solution will be acceptable to Kashmiris against their aspirations, they argued. While addressing the conference, former President Rafiq Tarar said that the Indian leadership had thought to resolve the Kashmir issue only after Pakistan conducted the nuclear test on May 11, 1998. He lauded Nawaz Sharif for taking this bold step, which compelled India to think about resolving the lingering issue of Kashmir. He said prime minister Nawaz Sharif resisted the pressure from the US president as the latter had called him six times warning that not to go ahead with the nuclear tests. However, Nawaz Sharif handled the situation bravely in the interest of the nation and country, he added. About the Kargil operation, the former President said the military did not take Nawaz into confidence about this operation either. He said that India termed Kashmir as its integral part while the Pakistani government is not responding to it in a befitting manner. He recalled the founder of the country Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah who termed Kashmir as jugular vein of Pakistan. PML-N Chairman Raja Zafarul Haq said that international community has accepted that Kashmir is an issue of humanity. He said that to resolve the issue of Kashmir, three wars have been fought between Pakistan and India. He was of the view that war is not the solution of Kashmir. Kashmir dispute should be resolved in a peaceful manner, he added. Zafar said that Kashmiris rekindled this issue by giving many sacrifice and would continue struggle for the right of self- determination. The PML-N chairman said that the National Consultation Conference strongly condemns the Indian military occupation and violation of human rights in Occupied Kashmir. MMA President Qazi Hussain Ahmed said that Kashmiri people have rendered many sacrifices for Kashmir dispute and highlighted the issue at international level. He said that one man could not decide the fate of Kashmiri people. He said that the dispute could not be resolved without the involvement of Kashmiris in the dialogue process. 'The coalition of the United States and India has become a threat for the world, especially the Muslim Ummah. The nuclear programmes of India, US and Israel are a big threat to the world peace,' he observed. Addressing the conference, Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Maulana Fazlur Rehman said that the Kashmir issue should be resolved according to UN resolutions and wishes of Kashmiri people. 'The issue could not be resolved without knowing the Pakistan's political and diplomatic strategy at international level. The government has no comprehensive strategy to resolve the dispute. Only concrete proposals in the dialogue could lead to its resolution,' he added. He regretted that 'the UN resolutions on Kuwait war and Afghanistan have been implemented but not on the Kashmir dispute.' AJK President Raja Zulqarnain Khan said that every Pakistani government played its significant role for the solution of Kashmir. 'Pakistan morally, politically and diplomatically supported the issue of Kashmir at international level. Pakistan is not complete without Kashmir. He said that the people of Kashmir have given many sacrifices for the their freedom and the right of self- determination. The people of Pakistan and armed force also have given a lot of sacrifices for Kashmir, he said. PPP-P President Makhdoom Amin Fahim said that his party stand on Kashmir is very clear. He said that the Kashmir dispute should be resolved in the light of UN resolutions and through peaceful dialogue. Its solution is very essential for peace and stability of South Asia, he said. The PPP-P chief said that the people of Kashmir have given many sacrifices for the right of self-determination. He added that their sacrifices could not be ignored in the solution of Kashmir. At the end of the conference, Raja Zafarul Haq issued the declaration passed by the conference. He said that freedom is a basic right of the Kashmiri people and UN is obliged to give them the right of self- determination according to its won resolutions. According to the declaration, the National Consultative Conference urged India to display a serious intention of resolving the Kashmir issue and allow the Kashmiri people to decide their own future in accordance with UN resolutions, a right India has acknowledged. India must free all Kashmiri political prisoners. India must produce all those individuals, who have been abducted by Indian state agencies at various times, the declaration reads. It said the rising Indian military power, aggressive intentions and irresponsible behaviour are threat to regional stability. A joint effort should be made by all the countries of the area to reduce this tension. The comprehensive negotiation has begun after the Islamabad Declaration has not produced any tangible results. Such negotiations must focus on Kashmir issue and Kashmiris should be allowed direct participation in talks. According to the declaration, India must not be given the most favoured nation status until the Kashmir issue is resolved. Any decision regarding the Kashmir issue must not be made without the prior approval of the Parliament. Moreover, any proposed solution of the issue that negates the sacrifices of the Kashmiri freedom fighters will never be acceptable, the declaration added. The declaration emphasized that joint control or self-governance is not a solution to the Kashmir issue. Unfettered freedom is an inherent right of the Kashmiri people any and all efforts for his inalienable right of the Kashmiri people will be fully supported, it said. The NCC salutes the perseverance of the freedom fighter and the sacrifices of the martyrs of the Kashmir freedom struggle, it said. According to declaration, unity among the Kashmir political leadership is the need of the hour at this sensitive juncture of the struggle. The NCC urges the political leadership of Occupied Kashmir to shun all difference among themselves so that the sacrifices made by the Kashmiri nation do not go to waste. Pakistan must continue its political, diplomatic and moral support of the Kashmiris and the Kashmiri freedom struggle without succumbing to any external pressure. The political and religious leadership present at the NCC assures the Kashmiri nation that Pakistani nation stands shoulder to shoulder with them in their legitimate struggle for the right of self-determination. The NCC urges the government of Pakistan and all political and non-political organizations, to perform their duty by raising the Kashmir issue at every possible opportunity and at every possible forum. The declaration said that the conference appeals to the people of Pakistan whether within or outside Pakistan, to observe February 5, Kashmir Day, in a forceful manner, to express their solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the State of Jammu and Kashmir, in their just cause.


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