Hurriyat Sidesteps UN Resolutions On Kashmir4 January 2011
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: In a major shift in its stand on implementation of United Nations resolutions on Kashmir, moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference headed by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq today called for time-bound dialogue between India, Pakistan and people of Jammu and Kashmir under international monitoring for resolving the long pending issue. 'We cannot expect much from a body which has failed to implement its own resolutions (on Kashmir). India and Pakistan have to talk to Kashmiris under international monitoring for resolving the Kashmir issue,' Mirwaiz said addressing a seminar at the Hurriyat Conference headquarters at Rajbagh today. The seminar was organized to discuss the role of the United Nations with regard to Kashmir issue. The UN Security Council had passed a resolution on January 5, 1949 calling for a plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir to decide its future. Mirwaiz said the United Nations was a failed body as it had not been able to do justice with the people of the State with regard to implementation of its own resolution. 'If the UN cannot ensure the implementation of its own decisions, it should be disbanded,' he said. Mirwaiz said a dialogue between India and Pakistan should be time bound and held through facilitation from outside powers, which would not be unique to Kashmir. 'Assisting the dialogue process and facilitating resolutions in conflict zones has been done in many places around the world. Bilateralism between India and Pakistan has failed to make any progress,' he said. The Hurriyat chairman, however, reiterated that the wishes and aspirations of people of Jammu and Kashmir should be supreme while finding a solution to Kashmir issue. 'We have to impress upon India and Pakistan that whether the UN resolutions are implemented or not, Kashmiris are determined to continue their struggle for settlement of Kashmir issue and they are the masters of their destiny,' he said. Referring to the four-point formula of the then Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf, he said the support for the formula should not be taken as its acceptance as final resolution of Kashmir issue. 'If these suggestions are implemented, or may be implemented in future, it will only be an interim arrangement, say for a period of five to 10 years. The final verdict has to come from the people of the State,' Mirwaiz said. He said his faction of Hurriyat had supported the confidence building measures like cross Line of Control (LoC) travel and trade as these would have helped in increasing the people to people contact, creating an atmosphere for final settlement of Kashmir issue. Mirwaiz said the Government of India was buying time by misleading the international community with regard to the CBMs. 'The trans-LoC bus service and trade has turned out to be nothing more than public relations exercise. New Delhi is suffering from control mania as even the bus service which should have been run by the local administration is controlled by Home Ministry of India,' he said. Commenting on the regional and sub-regional aspirations within Jammu and Kashmir, Mirwaiz said there was a conspiracy to undermine the dominant and mainstream opinion for right to self-determination in the State by raising these bogeys. 'We admit that there are two-three districts which have different opinion (on Kashmir issue) but it should not be used to subvert the dominant opinion,' he said. Mirwaiz said Kashmir issue cannot be resolved by suppressing the movement and crushing the street protests by use of brute forces like previous summer. 'Kashmiris have proved that they will not accept status quo which is clear from the fact that four generations have been sacrificed to change it. There are some sections in Indian society which feel that use of force has alienated Kashmiris … I would say it has widened the gulf between Kashmir and India and now changed into hatred as Kashmiris have seen only one face of India,' he added. Mirwaiz said India and Pakistan should take lead from the joint research carried out by two media houses in India and Pakistan under the banner of 'Aman Ki Asha' (hope for peace) to initiate steps for resolution of the long pending issue. 'More than 70 per cent of the respondents in both India and Pakistan have agreed that the resolution of Kashmir issue is the key for peace in the two countries,' he said. Speaking at the seminar, JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik said the right to independent Kashmir was accepted both by Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan and first Prime Minister of India Jawahar Lal Nehru. He said the option of independence for Jammu and Kashmir should be incorporated in any proposed solution to the issue. 'Not giving that option would be denying the people a democratic right,' he said. Malik challenged the BJP on the latter's pledge of hoisting a national flag at Lal Chowk here on January 26. 'Don't threaten us with these things … if you challenge us, then we will see whose flag will be hoisted there,' he said. He said the BJP should concentrate its efforts on persuading the UPA led Central Government to resolve Kashmir issue if it wanted to carry forward the good work initiated by former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee. Malik said he will file a petition in the High Court seeking directions for registering FIRs in all 112 deaths that took place during the five-month summer unrest in 2010. He said it was surprising that so far only 12 FIRs have been registered. 'Nowhere in the Indian Constitution it is written that stone-pelters are to be killed. It is a crime against the State and cases should have been registered,' he added.