Kashmiri leaders call for pragmatic approach to resolve dispute

London, August 17:  In London, Kashmiris in United Kingdom at a gathering underscored the need for a workable, pragmatic and joint strategy to resolve the Kashmir which is a bone of contention between Pakistan and India.

A round table on Kashmir was organised by World Kashmir Freedom Movement (WKFM) at the weekend  was moderated by eminent Kashmiri American physician, Dr. Ahmed Qazi, member of General Council, WKFM.

The resolution passed expressed concern about the deteriorating health of Syed Ali Geelani, Shabir Ahmad Shah and other detained Kashmiri leaders. It also welcomed a peaceful resolution through a dialogue which is inclusive of legitimate and popular Kashmiri leadership.  Resolution asked for restoration of pre 14th August 1947 position of Kashmir. It stressed that India does not deserve to be member of UNSC till it redeems the UNSC’s resolutions on J&K. It called for an international enquiry regarding the deliberate contamination of DNA in Shopian rape and murder case. It also demanded an appointment of special envoy on Kashmir by UN that will hasten the process of peace in South Asia.

Leaders of all the major Diaspora, political parties, councillors, intellectuals and a cross section of community leaders living in the UK participated in the conference.

Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai in his remarks referred to some important voices who are widely respected in the international arena.  This is complimented by some sane voices of India as well. He hoped that the dialogue could be productive and meaningful provided the authentic Kashmiri leadership is made an integral component of this process. He further said that the inalienable right of self determination of people of Kashmir is non-negotiable.

Prof. Nazir Ahmad Shawl, Executive Director, Kashmir Centre, briefed the audience about the diplomatic thrust pursued to highlight the situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir . Human right violations are the prime focus of this activity. He thanked the International human rights organisations for their unbiased reporting about the pain and suffering of people of J&K.

America based Kashmiris of WKFM including President Dr. Ghulam Nabi Mir, Secretary General Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai were also present.  Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Mir, WKFM president, enumerated various goals that need to be achieved and further the sacred cause through liberation of occupied territory and redeem the right of self determination of the people of Kashmir. He further emphasized on a non-violent political movement to attract the international attention to create an opportunity for facilitating a peaceful resolution of the dispute. Senior Vice President Mr. Nazir Ahmed Qurashi in his welcome address called settling the 62-year-old issue in a practical manner and to satisfaction of all the stake holders.

Mohamed Ghalib, President, Tehreek-e-Kashmir, gave an overview of the political activities carried out by All Parties Co-ordination committee in UK .

On this occasion services of Diasporas’ elders Mohamed Yaqub Chisti and Haji Nizam-ud-din were recognised and they were awarded Dr. Ayub Memorial award.

Sareer Fazili, member of General Council, in his address referred to his association with the freedom struggle and mentioned the pain and the sufferings of the people of  Kashmir which he personally witnessed whenever he had a chance to visit occupied Kashmir .

The meeting unanimously expressed its concern over the continued human rights violation taking place in Indian Occupied Kashmir.

Members of different political parties from Kashmiri Diaspora also spoke on this occasion and reiterated their support for the freedom movement.  APP