Islamabad, December 20: The Chairman Jammu and Kashmir Freedom League has expressed grave concern over a reported statement of the Secretary Defense, Lt Gen(R) Asif Yasin Malik in Kamra that India can, if she wished to erect a wall along her side of the LOC, as every country can do whatever it liked on its part of the land.
Muhammad Farooq Rehmani asked under which law the secretary Defense dared to confer rights of ownership on India in Jammu and Kashmir–the state whose political future was yet to be settled under the terms of the UNCIP resolutions and international law. He said that the disputed territory of the Kashmiris continued to remain divided, occupied and undecided because of the war between India and Pakistan in 1947, adding that the people of Kashmir on both sides of the LoC (Cease-fire-Line) have yet to exercise their right to self-determination according to the United Nations Security Council resolutions.
He recalled that no bilateral pact between Pakistan and India had awarded any part of Jammu and Kashmir to India, and moreover it had been acknowledged time and again that Kashmir was not a territorial dispute or any dispute of herds of cattle between the two states, which could be the sole prerogative of administering and occupying countries to divide them in whatever manner they liked, and thus closing the chapter forever.
Muhammad Farooq Rehmani urged Pakistan to take necessary measures in this regard in the UN, and prevent India from constructing of a wall along the LoC on its side, as Pakistan was advocating the right of self-determination for the Kashmiris on the basis of the partition plan, UNCIP resolutions and continuous and persistent struggle and sacrifices at the cost of precious human life and honor for the last several turbulent decade.
Muhammad Farooq Rehmani reminded that the Prime minister of Pakistan, who was himself in charge of the defense portfolio, had in a recent meeting with a delegation of the All Parties Hurriyet(Freedom) Conference(APHC) reiterated his Government’s commitment of support to the just cause of the Kashmiris’ struggle for freedom and right of self-determination. Therefore, it was the duty of the PM Pakistan to take notice of such statements which might jeopardize the Kashmiris’ struggle for freedom and permit India to destroy the geographical and demographic character and status of Jammu and Kashmir.