Posted Fri, 07/30/2010 – 18:20
WASHINGTON, July 29 (APP): Speakers at a peace conference here expressed grave concern over the death of teenagers in Kashmir valley during the past few months and stressed that the genocide of the third generation of Kashmiris should be stopped forthwith. The two-day 11th Peace Conference starting here from Thursday on the subject ‘India-Pakistan Relations: Breaking the deadlock’ will consist of eight sessions.
At the late night dinner that was prelude to the conference, the opinion makers from Pakistan, India, Kashmir and other parts of the world termed the situation in Kashmir as highly critical. They also looked forward to the resumption of Kashmir-specific dialogue between India and Pakistan involving people of Jammu and Kashmir.
The conference is being held at a time when Kashmir was calling for resolution more louder than before.
Those who spoke at the informal get-to-gather included Hussain Haqani, Ambassador of Pakistan in Washington, Kuldip Nayar, Justice Rajinder Sachar, Mushaid Hussain Syed, Rita Manchanda, Prof. Angana Chaterjee, Ved Bhasin, Maleeh Lodhi, Mohammad Afzal Sandhu, Dr. Atiya Anatullah, Ahmer Bilal Sufi, Dr. Khalid Qazi, Dr. M. A. Dar and Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai.
The speakers were also of the view that this festering wound cannot be kept open for all times – it is not going to eat into vitals of India and Pakistan. There is need for honest approach based on justice and fairplay for the people of the state.
Most of the speakers said that the aspirations and political urges of Kashmiris were most important and there should be no compromise on that.