‘We Need Pens, Computers Not Guns and Grenades’

A member of British House of Lords, Nazir Ahmad on Tuesday said that ‘Tripartite negotiations between Governments of India, Pakistan and Kashmiri leadership’ is the only way to resolve the “outstanding dispute of Jammu & Kashmir.” He was speaking during the 52nd Annual Convention of Islamic Society of North America(ISNA), held in Chicago USA, on the subject: ‘Kashmir: A Case of Steadfastness’.

‘We Need Pens, Computers Not Guns and Grenades’Lord Nazir said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “reckless defiance to resolve the Kashmir dispute” is a “threat to the regional peace and stability”. “And the international community should be deeply concerned regarding Indian Chief of Army, Dalbir Singh’s threats of ‘a limited War’ with Pakistan. Two nuclear countries could spark off a regional war that will affect the entire world,” he said.

He warned that BJP supported by Shiv Sena and RSS are implementing their desire of “Hindutva” and the international community should take notice of that.

Nazir elaborated, “the continued massive human rights atrocities and the brutalities committed by army in Kashmir for the last 25 years. The alleged shelling of army on the Working Boundary in Pakistan and Line of Control (LoC) has caused many civilian casualties which is a breach of international law.”

“Lord Nazir appealed the United States administration to help end these atrocities in Kashmir; and persuade both India and Pakistan to explore a mechanism so that the people of Jammu & Kashmir can exercise their right of self-determination,” a statement from Kashmir American council said last midnight. “I want to see free distribution of pens and computers, and not guns and grenades,” Lord was quoted as having said during the interaction.

Lord Nazir called upon Government of India to issue the passports to the leaders of All Parties Hurriyat Conference to enable them to attend the forthcoming ‘Million-Man- March’ on October 25, 2015 in New York City.

Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai, Secretary General, World Kashmir Awareness said, “because both India and Pakistan, being nuclear weapon states directly confronting each other, this dispute is potentially the most dangerous in the world. It should, therefore, be a major interest of the US to prevent this dispute from exploding into a conflict which can be catastrophic for a large proportion of the human race.”

“Fai dismissed the mantra repeated by Shushma Swaraj, the foreign minister of India, that Kashmir was an integral part of India. Fai explained that Kashmir is recognized – under international law and by the United States – as a disputed territory,” the KAC statement said. Fai quoted President Obama who said on November 8, 2010, that “Kashmir was the long-standing dispute”.

Fai explained, “India repeats too often to resolve the Kashmir dispute through bilateral talks with Pakistan. The experience of sixty-nine years testifies that bilateral talks between India and Pakistan have yielded no agreements. The missing element is the inclusion of the Kashmiri leadership in the talks with the support of the United States.”

He said that some discerning observers perceive a growing awareness in the Indian middle class that the “persistence of the Kashmir problem weakens India by diminishing its stature among the great powers”.

“From Jai Prakash Narain, “we profess democracy but rule by force in Kashmir,” to Vir Sanghvi “Let the Kashmiris determine their own destiny,” to Swaminathan Aiyar “Let Kashmiris decide the outcome, not the politicians and armies of India and Pakistan,” to Arundhati Roy “Kashmir has never been an integral part of India,” to Justice V M Tarkunde, “A grant of plebiscite to the people of the Kashmir Valley is the obvious solution,” to Ashok Mitra, “The issue in Kashmir is neither communal nor religious,” to Ved Bhasin, “Independent Kashmir would become a bridge between India and Pakistan,” are few examples to ponder upon. But this constructive trend will vanish if the US is seen as tolerant of India’s obduracy and unmindful of healthier opinion in India itself about what is best for India,” Fai added.

Professor (Dr) Imtiyaz Khan, Vice President, Kashmiri American Council (KAC) and Emcee of the event said, “the Kashmir question was one of the oldest unresolved international conflicts in the world.”

“The people of Kashmir demand releasing of political prisoners in Indian occupied Kashmir. They also demand that Government of India must annul various special repressive laws; and restore the rights of peaceful association, assembly and demonstrations. They urge the world powers to persuade both India and Pakistan to demilitarize Jammu & Kashmir from both sides of the Ceasefire Line,” Dr Khan concluded.

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