Dr. Manmohan Singh, the Prime Minister of India’s assertion that “there can be no redrawing of borders in Jammu Kashmir” and former Indian Supreme Court judge Saghir Ahmad’s recommendation “to restore the autonomy to the extent possible” need to be supplemented by some observations from the view point of the people of Kashmir. These deserve to be borne in mind by all those who wish the conflict to be justly resolved once and for all.
Geneva, Switzerland. March 20, 2010. During the 13th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, a seminar entitled, “Overcoming Barriers to Realizing the Self-determination” was organized by “The International Educational Development”, an NGO accredited with the United Nations. The seminar was chaired by Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai, Executive Director, Kashmiri American Council, Kashmir Center. In his opening remarks, Dr. Fai was keen to remind listeners that self-determination was a basic principle of the United Nations and that self determination and peace and international security are interrelated. The denial of self determination, he said, has brought India and Pakistan – both important countries – to the brink of nuclear catastrophe. ‘For last 63 years they have been talking about Kashmir but there was no face of the people of Kashmir. We want to make it clear that when the UN gave the right of self determination, they gave it to the people of Kashmir, whatever their religion, wherever they live.’ Therefore, Dr Fai said, the genuine leadership of Kashmir must be included in the talks. For the talks to be meaningful Dr. Fai suggested that there would have to be an envoy of ‘an international standing’ that was acceptable to both India, Pakistan and the Kashmiris and he proposed that Bishop Desmond Tutu should be appointed special envoy.
An Analysis of the Geo Political Situation and Way Forward To a Permanent Solution and Lasting Peace in South Asia
By: Nayyar N Khan
Background and controversial claims:
The long awaiting Kashmir conflict is a mixture of theoretical and hypothetical assumptions miss communicated, supported and propagated by both Indian and Pakistani ruling elites since six decades. Pakistani ruling elites, feudal lords, establishment, civil and military bureaucracy has been propagating to own the entire State of Jammu Kashmir on the basis of so called TWO NATIONS theory due to the fact that majority of population of the State of Jammu Kashmir is the follower of Islam.
Washington, D.C. August 13, 2009. All Parties Committee for Kashmiri Peoples Right of Self–determination, comprising 16 main political parties of Azad Kashmir is observing August 13, 2009 as “Kashmir Peoples Right of Self-determination Day” on national as well as international level.
Delegates of Kashmir Peace Conference Offered Friday Prayers at the Capitol Hill
Washington: 27 July 2009: It was making history on Friday when congregational Friday prayers were held in the highest seat of legislation – the Gold Room of the Rayburn Hall of the Capitol Hill (US Parliament) at the prayer break during the two-day 1oth international Kashmir peace conference organized by the Kashmiri American Council/ Washington.
New York City July 13, 2009. Kashmiri American Council/Kashmir Center joins the worldwide friends and sympathizers of cause of Kashmir in solemn recognition of July 13th – ‘Martyrs Day’. It fully endorses the call given by the All Parties Hurriyet Conference for a peaceful protest all over the world on July 13th, 2009 to express the support and solidarity with the oppressed people of Jammu and Kashmir.
“Kashmir can never be resolved without the participation and consensus of the people of Kashmir. Contrary to much prevailing mythology, Kashmir is not a border quarrel between India and Pakistan. It is not a fight between secularism and theocracy. Nor is it an intramural conflict among religions. It is about the self-determination and human rights of the Kashmiri people that have been scorned, mocked, and trampled on for more than 60 years. Now is no time for complacency or temporizing. And the chilling suffering and misery of the Kashmiri people continues every day a peaceful resolution is deferred. We believe that the way to a peaceful settlement of the Kashmir issue lies in tripartite negotiations between India, Pakistan and the accredited leadership of the people of Jammu & Kashmir from both sides of the Cease-fire Line” said Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai, Executive Director, Kashmiri American Council/Kashmir Center.