Kashmir Committee Expresses Displeasure Over Govt’s Efforts12 January 2011
Islamabad: The Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir on Wednesday expressed dissatisfaction with the work of the various government organisations engaged with the Kashmir issue, calling upon them to work with more devotion. The committee at the same time called upon the Federal Commerce Minister Makhdoom Amin Fahim, the convener of the sub-committee, to chalk out a suitable programme to observe the upcoming Kashmir Solidarity Day on February 5. “We, inside the committee work on a non-partisan bases,” said committee Chairman Maulana Fazlur Rehman, while responding to a question after chairing a meeting. He said that the committee members expressed strong reservations about the lack of will of the government in highlighting and taking up the Kashmir issue properly. “The negligence on the part of the government and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs towards the Kashmir issue and the prime focus on Afghanistan related issues or western borders has pushed the core issue between Pakistan and India in the background, resulting in disappointment among the Kashmiris,” Rehman added. He observed that the committee had endorsed the idea of organising a national conference on Kashmir with the entire political leadership of the country to evolve a consensus and awareness about the issue. The chairman added that the committee called upon all the political parties, provincial governments, social, religious and youth organisations, civil society and the media to line up various programmes for the Kashmir Solidarity Day. “Letters to all the chief ministers and chief secretaries will be dispatched to instruct the district and tehsil administrations to observe the day in a befitting manner,” he said. “The whole nation from Khyber to Karachi should be active on the day, so that a strong message of support from the whole of Pakistan should go to our Kashmiri brethren, who are struggling for their right to self-determination,” Rehman said. “The Kashmir Committee reiterated full support for the people of the Indian-held Kashmir in their struggle for freedom from India,” he said, adding, “It also called upon the government to accord top priority to the Kashmir issue and focus its energies to resolve it as early as possible, as a delay in this regard would be harmful.” Rehman said that the committee also urged the Foreign Office not to engage in any useless dialogue with India as Pakistan should not beg for any talks neither should it engage in futile discussions.