'Pakistan's Kashmir policy based on UN resolutions'

ISLAMABAD: Chairman Parliamentary Special Committee on Kashmir Syed Fakhar Imam on Tuesday said that Pakistan’s Kashmir policy is based on resolutions passed by theUnited Nations (UN). Imam was addressing a seminar titled ‘Post-Pulwama Kashmir Imbroglio, Modi’s Second Term, Role And Responsibility Of International Community’ jointly organised by Institute of Peace And Diplomatic Studies (IPD), Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Movement (JKSM), Jammu and Kashmir Voice of Victims (JKVoV) and Tehreek-e-Kashmir United Kingdom (TeK UK). “Kashmir is and will remain the jugular vein of Pakistan and there is no room to compromise on the national Kashmir policy which maintains that Kashmiris are the main stakeholders we will accept their decision,” Imam added.

He said the Kashmir dispute was created by the British and they should come forward to settle it for peace and security in South Asia. Imam reiterated the fact that in the early fifties, the world debated the Kashmir dispute in the UN. “This is proof that the right of self-determination to Kashmiris was given by the world community,” he added. Imam said that Pakistan’s case on Kashmir is strong and the world has already accepted it but “India hoodwinked the world community and never came forward to settle this dispute as per the wishes of Kashmiri people”. The parliamentary committee’s chairman added that it might be one of the reasons that Jawaharlal Nehru had an emotional attachment with Kashmir and adopted delaying tactics for the implementation of UN resolutions. Commenting on the present ruling party of India, Imam said that “they are the people who had killed Mahatma Ghandi and we should not pin any hopes on them”. He also stressed the need to raise the issue of human rights violations committed by Indian occupying forces in Indian Occupied Kashmir on a global level. “We need a politically stable and economically strong Pakistan for the Kashmir cause and we are doing our best to put Pakistan on the track of economic stability. This may take time but our youth will make this country great for the whole world,” Imam added. He also stated that Pakistan’s Air Force downing of two Indian jets was a strong message for the rest of India following the Balakot incident. Chairman Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs Malik Muhammad Ehsan Ullah Tiwana said that the present government is committed to the Kashmir cause and that they “are performing very well as compared to the past governments”. He alleged that Pulwama attack was planned for political purposes but Pakistan handled this incident well.

Tiwana added that Pakistan handed over the captured IAF pilot on humanitarian basis and received global appreciation for this gesture. He added that the people and government of Pakistan stand committed with the Kashmiris in their right of self-determination movement. Chairman Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Movement (JKSM) Altaf Ahmad Bhat said that more than 0.8 million Indian forces are in the area of 190 kilometers long Kashmir Valley. “The black laws like Armed Forces Special Powers Act AFSPA is being used to kill freedom-loving people while the popular leadership of Kashmir is under house arrest including Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Yasin Malik and Zaffar Akbar Bhat,” he added. He said some pro-freedom leaders are arrested by National Investigation Agency (NIA) without any warrant while PSA is another black law and under this law any political activist can be sent for two years jail without any trail. “Youth are being tortured without any crime. Pallets are being used to blind children. The pro-liberation activists apple orchards are being cut to damage them economically,” said Bhat. He added that pro-freedom leaders’ political spaces are being encroached and mosques including Jamia Masjid Srinagar have been locked dozens of times and even Friday prayers were not allowed. President TeK UK Raja Fahim Kayani said that the government of Pakistan, APHC, Foreign Office and government of Azad Kashmir should form a joint strategy to highlight Kashmir cause in the UK and other western countries. He said overseas Kashmiris are working to promote the cause and even came on streets of London and protested against Narendra Modi’s visit to England. Kayani said that overseas Kashmiris are committed to Kashmir cause and proud of their national security institutions.