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Briefing before the defense attaches of twenty six foreign countries in Khurshid memorial library Muzafarabad AJ&K on Oct 21, 2005 at 7.00PM.
Muhammad Farooq Rehmani Convener APHC AJK chapter briefed on Kashmir dispute. The Names of the countries who participated in the briefing where Afghanistan, Iran, Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan, China, Russian Federation, Jordan, Ukraine, USA, Philippine, Bangladesh, Australia, Germany, Turkey and others. The full text of the briefing is as under.
Excellencies, distinguished guests,
Ladies and gentleman,
Thank you it is my honor to speak before you on the dispute of Kashmir which is lingering on for the last 57 years. Although you are conscious of the importance of Kashmir dispute and its resolution under the present circumstances but you will interestingly here from the horses mouth. Kashmir is the oldest dispute of the UNO which has a past history, but it has a bearing on the future as well. It has not only brought turmoil on the people during the last 15 years, but it continues to suffocate every moment of present day Kashmir. So seen from the past and present dimensions of this conflict, everybody can foresee that it has a great potential to disturb the peace of the region. It is fortunate that for the past few years the political struggle of Kashmir is under the would focus, but Indian vested interests in this region try to equate, the political struggle of Kashmiris with terrorism. But truly speaking Kashmir was never a terrorist movement. Its origin was peace. It started with peace and will culminate in peace. It is for peace, of peace and by peace. Its goal is peace and freedom for all, and malice and fear for none. It should be appreciated that the heart of the state of J&K the valley of Kashmir spread out the message of peace and communal harmony to the entire subcontinent in 1947, when there was naked dance of death and fire in the south Asia. Kashmir can again be the same example of tolerance even today if the innocent sons and daughters of Kashmir are granted such opportunity and their urges are addressed in a civilized and democratic manner.
The present saga of Kashmir has full backing of the UNSC resolutions numbering 15, speeches and statements of Mr. Nehru and jointly or separately made commitments and pledges by Pakistan and India. All such pledges revolve round the principle of the right of self-determination. The struggle of people of Jammu and Kashmir in every decade after the partition followed the universal principle of this right and never deviated from this internationally accepted principle. These resolutions are the distillation of much international wisdom, diplomacy and dogged pursuit of patience against India’s intransigence towards a political solution.
Here I will quote only one statement of Mr. Nehru on 26 June, 1952 in the Indian parliament. “If after a proper plebiscite, the people of Kashmir said, we do not want to be with India, we are committed to accept that. We will accept, how ever hurt we might feel about it, we will change the constitution if necessary”. Kashmiris have been subjected to much more repression in their history. Therefore, they launched a civil rights movement in 1930’s. But after the successful freedom moment of India and Pakistan Kashmir was also promised the right of self-determination which faced many ups and downs in the last 57 years. Today Kashmir is being ruled by military might and harsh laws patronized by the central government of India in Delhi. Some times some people make wrong comparisons but the fact is that Kashmir is a special case with its own unique history and it creates no precedents for other special cases such as the Sikhs or Assam or the people’s of the Dravidian south”
One more example. EU parliamentarian committee says in its April 2004 report “ we believe that there are three parties which have legitimate interest in finding a solution to Kashmir problem. Namely Indian government, the Pakistan government, and the Kashmir people and there representatives and that all the three should be fully involved.
Some things are cardinal for the people of Kashmir to arrive at a durable settlement of this dispute such as, the right of Self-determination and respect for human rights.
Hence, the world community should acknowledge some basic facts to see the dawn of peace over south Asia-:
1. The great human sacrifices of the people of Kashmir.
2. The integrity and identity of the people of Kashmir.
3. Failure of bilateralism in every form.
Luckily India and Pakistan have started the peace process and they are exchanging trade and culture CBM’s. But APHC which is building public faith in the process, believes that the human rights specific Kashmir CBM’s can play the central role and usher and era of peace in the wounded valley of Kashmir for the final resolution of the dispute. APHC also believes in bilateral flexibility on Kashmir that would strengthen the hands of the president Musharraf in his hazardous journey towards peace, security and stability in South Asia. No body can think of a quantum leap without the flexibility of the Indian government in Jammu and Kashmir. India has to ensure that it will not resile from its commitment with Pakistan of finding a mutual accepted solution with the active support of APHC and other groups. Before making such efforts we must understand Kashmir, history of Kashmir movement and grant freedom of expression and travel to the marooned Kashmiris and never remain prisoners of statusquo that is the secret to be learned if we are sincere and honest at heart. We should also ask this question that do we believe that people have human rights no matter where they live and under what system? Lastly let me thank you and quote this English verse:-
“Let guiltless souls be freed from guilty woes.”
At the outset the director of the Khurshid memorial library introduced the speakers and guests to each other and finally there was a session of questions and answers and interaction with the defense officials of these counties. The defense members where of the opinion that the dispute of Kashmir is a important and should be settle by peaceful means of dialogue between all the three parties of the dispute.
Three other members of the APHC Pervez Ahmed, Ishtiyaq Hameed and Yaqoob Sheikh also spoke on the Occasion.
Dated: April 22, 2005