Speak­ers de­mand am­i­ca­ble so­lu­tion to Kash­mir dis­pute

Pakistan Observer - - KASHMIR -

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

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