Speakers demand amicable solution to Kashmir dispute
JAMMU—Speakers at a seminar organised by Jammu and Kashmir Freedom Movement (JKFM) in IHK demanded settlement of the Kashmir dispute amicably with the participation of people of the territory.
The one-day seminar was organised by the JKFM in Jammu to explore ways for establishment durable peace in South Asia.
Anuradha Bhasin, Executive Editor, Kashmir Times, was the chief guest on the occasion, who expressed her concern over arms race between two neighboring countries Pakistan and India.She said the two nations are focusing on military doctrine instead of resolving Kashmir dispute. She also expressed concern over undue and undemocratic interference by military in Kashmir which has led to anger among the people.
“People are not allowed to speak out. Need to decrease military interference in Kashmir and insist on more people to people contact so that the complex issue could be resolved,” said Anuradha.
Another speaker, Professor Dedar Singh said US and other nations don’t want Kashmir dispute to be resolved because they see Kashmir as a market for sale of arms to both India and Pakistan.
He said this policy doesn’t allow both neighboring countries to come close and end the decades-old dispute. Similarly, Shiromani Akali Dal leader, Narinder Singh Khalsa said the world is presently confronted with two main issues like economy and environment but India and Pakistan are engaged in Kashmir dispute. He reminded that the then Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru had assured conducting of plebiscite in Kashmir in United Nations but this was not done.
He said that people in Jammu and other parts of territory also want to express their desire though plebiscite. “It is the people of Jammu and Kashmir who are suffering due to the dispute and Hurriyet leaders should not only relate it with Muslims,” he suggested.
Himat Singh, Jaspal Singh Mangal, Gurdev Singh also spoke on the occasion. Earlier, the JKFM Chairman, Sharif Sartaj informed that they were holding seminar after 12 years in Jammu.—RK