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G8 leaders for tripartite resolution of Kashmir issue

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TORONTO: On the occasion of the G8 Summit in Hokkaido, Japan, Peace and Justice Forum (PJF) has urged the Summit leaders and President of the European Commission for their help in encouraging New Delhi and Islamabad to initiate a tripartite process involving India, Pakistan and the Kashmiri leadership to negotiate in a result-oriented and time-framed dialogue to resolve the Kashmir issue peacefully.

Mushtaq A Jeelani, Executive Director of the PJF, in separate letters to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, US President George W. Bush and President of the European Commission José Manuel Durão Barroso, expressed his serious concern about India’s failure to live up to its promise of a “zero-tolerance” policy towards human rights violations, and the failure of bilateral process to resolve the Kashmir issue.

The Executive Director wrote: The G8 Summit leaders are meeting in Hokkaido, Japan at a particularly precarious time for the people of Kashmir. Tens of thousands of Kashmiris filled the streets protesting against the occupation forces’ heavy-handed approach to change the demography of Kashmir. He reminded the summit leaders that the Kashmir issue has dominated the geopolitics of South Asia for nearly 61 years because of continuing rivalry between India and Pakistan.

They have fought three wars since their independence from Britain in 1947, two of them over the disputed region of Kashmir. The dispute between the rivals is the root of nuclear arms race, which has resulted in the diversion of resources from human development to militarization. Unfortunately, the people of Kashmir continue to be caught in the middle of this deadly rivalry.-SANA

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