IHK Demilitarisation Urged In Washington Conference
8 February 2007
Kashmir Media Service
Washington DC: A conference held in Washington urged India for demilitarisation of occupied Kashmir and to positively respond to Pakistan's proposals in wake of the ongoing peace process between the two countries. The conference titled 'India-Pakistan Peace Process', held at the Capitol Hill was jointly organized by the Kashmir Centre and the Pakistani American Leadership Centre. It was attended by a cross- section of people, representing embassies, think tanks, congressional offices, civil society and media. Those who addressed the conference included, among others, Senior Policy Scholar at Woodrow Wilson Centre, Dennis Kux, Pakistan Ambassador to the United States, Mahmud Ali Durrani, Executive Director Kashmir Center, Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai, Dr. Prakash Ambegaonkar, Mowahid Hussain Shah, A. M. Mattoo and Dr. Maqsood Chaudhry. Mahmud Ali Durrani urged India to positively respond to Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf's proposals to resolve the Kashmir dispute on durable lines. He underlined the need to pullout Indian troops from the populated areas and towns of the occupied territory. Highlighting the Kashmir dispute as a humanitarian issue, he said that seriousness on the part of the both negotiating sides could only help resolve the Kashmir dispute. Realizing the urgency to resolve the lingering Kashmir dispute, Ghulam Nabi Fai said that the theme of the day was pressing while passivity, inaction and silence could not be an option in this regard. Stressing the need for meaningful talks, he said that demilitarisation was the need of the hour to give relief to the suffering Kashmiri people.