ISLAMABAD: Chairman Parliamentary Kashmir Committee and chief of his own faction of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) Maulana Fazlur Rahman has said Kashmir was not the internal matter of India, rather it was an international dispute, which should be resolved sooner than later. In a statement here Friday, the Maulana said India itself took the issue to the world body, which passed many a resolutions for the right to self-determination of the Kashmiri people.
“India accepted these resolutions and promised to hold plebiscite to ascertain the wishes of the Kashmiris. It is surprising that India is now calling Kashmir its internal matter repeatedly,”
The Kashmir Committee chairman observed that both Houses of the Parliament passed unanimous resolutions on Kashmir recently, calling upon India to stop the state terrorism in the occupied territory and give right to self-determination to the Kashmiris, whereat the spokesman for Indian Foreign Office called it an interference in their internal matter. Similarly, he said, the Indian foreign minister called Jammu & Kashmir as part of India and the Indian Foreign Secretary has also called Kashmir as an internal matter of India, however, she has offered dialogue with Pakistan for peace in the region.
The Maulana said that Kashmir was not at all an internal matter of India. It is a disputed territory, waiting for resolution for the last 63 years. “Of course, India is doing its level best to delay the matter on one pretext or the other, so that the Kashmiris and the world community may forget it. But Kashmiris have kept this issue alive by rendering unprecedented sacrifices.” Therefore, the JUI-F leader said, they won’t let it be swept under the carpet.
He said India will have to give freedom to the Kashmiris and no power on earth can stop them to win their right to self-determination.
Maulana Fazlur Rahman said the offer of India to discuss the matter of Kashmir with Pakistan is a welcome gesture.
“We want to resolve all the disputes peacefully, but Indian leaders should keep this thing in mind that Pakistan is not interested in dialogue for the sake of dialogue, If India is really interested to resolve the issue, it should engage in a meaningful and result-oriented dialogue on Kashmir; otherwise it would be just another exercise in futility.”
He said that the track record of India showed that whenever India was under pressure, it starts talks as a delaying tactic and to gain more time. He said Pakistan can not afford such useless exercise. He said India should stop the state terrorism in the occupied Kashmir forthwith, because it is not acceptable to as that India continue killing the Kashmiris at one hand and engage Pakistan in talk at the other.-NNI