UN Resolutions Now Inapplicable: Prof Bhat

UN Resolutions Now Inapplicable: Prof Bhat

6 May 2012
Greater Kashmir
Zahid Maqbool & GM Bhat

Sopore: Asserting that United Nations resolutions regarding Kashmir issue were not practically applicable in present times, senior leader of Hurriyat Conference (M) and Chairman Muslim Conference, Prof Abdul Gani Bhat Sunday said that leadership has to explore the possibilities of finding a solution to the problem through dialogue. “(UN) Resolutions constitute the legal base of dispute of Kashmir. These resolutions cannot practically be implemented with reference to the language of the resolutions which in my opinion is complex. That means probably these resolutions may not be implemented in Kashmir at all. Therefore we have to explore the possibilities of finding a solution to the problem through dialogue,” said Prof Bhat while addressing people at his native village Batengoo in Sopore. Bhat was flanked by Hurriyat Conference (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and other executive members of the amalgam. Prof Bhat called for taking up Parvez Musharraf’s formula to solve the Kashmir issue ‘systematically.’ “Free movement and free trade have to be ensured between two parts of Kashmir. Armies should be withdrawn. Joint management should take up matters of common interest like river waters, installations of joint industrial products. We should implement these steps for 10 to 15 years, then people will decide. If they realize the difference and there will be a relief to a common man, Kashmir issue would be solved,” he said. “If they say yes (to joint management), Kashmir as a dispute is resolved and if they say no, the mechanism to ascertain their wishes will have to be jointly worked out to finally settle the issue,” Bhat said. However he maintained that dialogue will not be fruitful unless people of Jammu and Kashmir are involved in the process. “The process has to be productive and time bound. No delaying will serve the purpose of peace and stability in south Asia. Kashmiris should be recognized as the architects of their destiny and no hegemony of political or otherwise will be acceptable,” Bhat said. Bhat also called upon the mainstream political parties to join hands with separatists for the resolution of Kashmir issue. “We also talk in terms of forging a political unity and providing a basis for unity. Let all the parties recognize that we are all Kashmiris and well-wishers of Kashmir. Let us talk in one voice and follow one single political agenda- Kashmir is a dispute and seek a resolution of it,” he said. “National Conference talks about autonomy, PDP talks about self rule. Why should not we move together with a common minimum political agenda and push it ahead,” he suggested.