No Military Solution to Kashmir Dispute: DR G N Mir ‘Unresolved Kashmir Can Lead To a Devastating War’

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Image may contain: 3 people, people standingThe President of World Kashmir Awareness Forum, Dr Ghulam Nabi Mir, has said that by refusing to implement the UN Security Council’s resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir, India has violated its international obligation.

According to media sources, addressing the 55th Annual Convention of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) in Chicago, Dr Ghulam Nabi Mir said, that Kashmir is a large, resourceful, cultured and multicultural territory that needs no Indian interference. He said that to deny the right to self-determination to millions of people of Kashmir was a travesty of justice and a violation of the letter and intent of the UN charter.

Dr Ghulam Nabi Mir said that by refusing to implement the UN Security Council’s resolutions, India violated its international obligation. “These resolutions demand cessation of the military actions, demilitarization and allowing the people of Kashmir to decide their future through an unfettered referendum, or plebiscite under UN supervision,” he added.

The ISNA Conventions in the past were attended by international dignitaries like President Jimmy Carter and Iranian President, Syed Mohammad Khatami.

Dr Mir added that Indian occupation of Kashmir was by far the most consequential political blunder the Indian government has made. “India never anticipated its catastrophic consequences. And to this day they seem to be blind to the outcome of the terrible tragedy of their making. A wanton blunder so monumental, that it has led to three major wars. And there is more than a fair chance a much more devastating war in future will follow. Only, the next time around, it may not be a conventional war but a nuclear holocaust, a war of mutual annihilation, a war of mutually assured destruction,” he warned.

Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai, the Secretary General of the World Kashmir Awareness Forum, said that Kashmir dispute was one of the oldest issues pending on the agenda of the UN Security Council. “Kashmir’s occupation by India has been left undisturbed by the international community, even though its validity has never been accepted. At no stage, however, have the people of Jammu and Kashmir shown themselves to be reconciled to India’s occupation. There is only one way of just and honourable peace; the way chalked out in the international agreements that the future will be decided by the people of Kashmir. Only the exertion of the necessary moral pressure by the world powers, particularly the US will lead the parties to that way,” he added.

Professor (Dr) Imtiaz Khan, President of Kashmiri American Council, described the historical facts about Kashmir. The people of Kashmir, he said were promised by both India and Pakistan with the firm support of the world powers to be given the right to self-determination. These international agreements were never fulfilled until today.

Dr Intiyaz Khan referred to the prevailing draconian law Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), which has given the total impunity to the Indian Army in occupied Kashmir. “An Indian soldier can shoot to kill at will and he will not be accountable to anybody or any agency for any prosecution,” he said. Dr Khan added that the Hurriyat leaders have always impressed upon the people of Kashmir to express their dissent in a peaceful manner. “The millions of people on the streets of Kashmir cannot be termed as extremists or terrorists. The massive peaceful demonstrations have been reflection of the indigenous nature of the Kashmiri resistance movement,” he added.

 “The world powers need to intervene in setting a stage for the resolution of the Kashmir dispute before the two nuclear states of India and Pakistan indulge in full fledged war which will be a monumental disaster that will engulf not only the region but large part of the world,” Dr Khan concluded. Dr M A Dhar showed a short video about the atrocities being committed by the Indian Army on the civilian population of occupied Kashmir. He said, every day unspeakable atrocities occur at the hands of Indian Army. He pointed out that conceptually the whole issue of Kashmir is a violation of human rights, non-implementation of UN resolutions, the forcible occupation of Kashmir and defiance of international commitments. Dr Dhar stressed that it was high time to mitigate the sufferings of the Kashmiri people, who had been pledged the UN-sponsored plebiscite that had been denied to them by India.

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