COLUMBUS: “Certainly, terrorists cannot compose the entire populations of the major towns, villages and city of Kashmir. And more than one million people cannot be instigated and provoked by a remote control. The presence of more than one million people at Martyr’s cemetery on August 22, 2008 reflects the true nature of the peaceful Kashmiri resistance movement and not a movement of terrorism. This was stated by Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai, Executive Director, Kashmiri American Council/Kashmir Center during a seminar entitled, “Kashmir Dispute: Setting a Stage for a Settlement” at ISNA Convention in Columbus, Ohio.
Fai added that if all the people of the Vale of Kashmir are the agents of “Azadi”, then that by itself removes the ground from India’s claim to the territory. The other speakers included: Congressman Dan Burton, Republican from Indiana; Lord Nazir Ahmed, Member, British House of Lords; Ambassador Yusuf Buch, former Senior Advisor to the United Nations, Secretary General; harsh Mander, Country Director, Action Aid, India; Dr. Ghulam N. Mir, President, world Kashmir Freedom Movement.
Congressman Burton said, “Kashmir’s political status has been disputed almost since the subcontinent was partitioned in 1947. Although the 1949 U.N. cease-fire agreement, and U.N. Resolution of April 21, 1948, August 13, 1948, January 5, 1949, to name a few, all rejected India’s claim of accession of the region to India, and declared that the state’s future would be determined by its citizens through a free and impartial plebiscite, no plebiscite has ever been held.”
The Congressman noted that India claims to be the world’s largest democracy, and like any other great democracy; its soldiers should be and must be held to a higher standard of conduct. Yet, India’s insistence on resolving a political problem by force has dragged it down in to a campaign of essentially lawless state terrorism.
Congressman said that United Nations has not lived upto its responsibilities. He urged the United Nations and the U.S. Administration to become involved in the Kashmir dispute so as the resolve the issue to the satisfaction of the people of the state.-SANA