My Selection Proves Kashmir’s Indivisibility: Mehr-un-Nissa28 January 2010
Islamabad: The acting President of Pakistan Administered Kashmir and Deputy Speaker, Mehr-un-Nissa, has said her selection as a member of the PaK legislative assembly and then as Deputy Speaker has rendered the line of control irrelevant. “This has amply demonstrated the fact that the State of Jammu and Kashmir is an indivisible entity,” Mehr-un-Nissa said while addressing a meet-the-press function arranged at President House in Muzaffarabad Thursday. The Ganderbal (Kashmir)-born Nissa said the day was not far away when Kashmiris would achieve their cherished goal. Stressing the need for early resolution of Kashmir dispute, she said that peace and stability in South Asia would remain illusive unless the dispute was settled in accordance with the Kashmiris’ aspirations. However, she was of the view that solution to the dispute could be sought through tripartite negotiations between India, Pakistan and the representatives of Kashmiris. Extending support to the Hurriyat Conference, Nissa said: “The PaK government, people of PaK and Pakistan and the civil society of Kashmir is with Hurriyat Conference.” She said peace in the region and development of both India and Pakistan was impossible without resolution of the Kashmir issue. She, however, accused India of not accepting Pakistan’s invitation for dialogue on Kashmir. “Pakistan wants resolution of Kashmir issue through dialogue and has been inviting India for a meaningful dialogue. But India has always turned down its invitation,” she said and appealed the pro-freedom populace of Kashmir for steadfastness towards the ongoing freedom struggle. Paying tributes to thousands of Kashmiri martyrs, she said that matchless sacrifices offered by the Kashmiri people would never go in vain. Terming unity as paramount, she said there was a dire need to maintain unity and concurrence at all levels. Referring to Pakistan’s role, she said Pakistan has always been pragmatic and the people and the governments have always supported Kashmiris’ legitimate cause. Nissa urged United Nations to take note of atrocities by India on Kashmiris, support the right to self-determination to Kashmiris and play its role for demilitarisation of Kashmir. “We need to end the differences for our strength lies in our union,” she said. She said the terrorism in Pakistan and PaK was a “well planned conspiracy” but the entire nation was supporting the army in its fight against terror. “We will dirt the aim of the terrorists,” she said, adding the people must remain aware and keep vigil of the suspicious elements. She said Muslim conference started the freedom struggle of Kashmir from its platform and would take it to its logical conclusion. Later, the acting President visited Amboor Camp where she addressed a gathering of Kashmiri migrants. LAR LADY IS PaK ACTING PRESIDENT PaK assembly deputy speaker, Begum Mehrun Nissa Thursday became the first women acting president of PaK. Nissa, wife of Hurriyat Conference leader Yousuf Naseem, was born in Lar Ganderbal Kashmir and had migrated to PaK with her family. She was appointed as Acting President by the Muslim Conference as a mark of solidarity with people of Kashmir. She has temporarily replaced PaK president, Raja Zulkarnain Khan, who has gone to Mecca to perform Umrah. And she has also replaced Assembly Speaker Shah Ghulam Qadir who is on a tour to Belgium.