Kash­miris wel­come Pakistan as­sur­ance on Kash­mir talks Rap In­dian in­tran­si­gence

Pakistan Observer - - KASHMIR -

HAMEED SHA­HEEN IS­LAM­ABAD—Kash­miri po­lit­i­cal and re­li­gious cir­cles have wel­comed the Mon­day presser of Sar­taj Aziz, Ad­viser on For­eign Af­fairs to PM Pakistan, and said that Pakistan is ac­tive party of the dis­pute over Jammu and Kash­mir State since India took it to UN Security Coun­cil on Jan 1, 1948. Kash­mir is a po­lit­i­cal is­sue. Sar­taj had re­it­er­ated Pakistan’s stand that talks in fu­ture with India would start from Kash­mir. Kash­miri cir­cles said Kash­mir is not a land dis­pute. Ac­cord­ing to the prin­ci­ples of the grand partition of South Asia on Au­gust14/15, 1947, Jammu and Kash­mir with an area of 88023 square miles, be­comes nat­u­ral part of Pakistan. In the war of lib­er­a­tion in 1947-48 over 37,000 square miles of area was liberated from dual forces of India and the Ma­haraja. This por­tion is now func­tion­ally and ide­o­log­i­cally part of Pakistan, these cir­cles told Pakistan Ob­server here on Tues­day in a Kash­mir Opin­ion sur­vey con­ducted by this scribe.

El­derly Kash­miri groups re­minded that on Au­gust 12, 1947, Ma­haraja Haris­ingh, the last rulers of J&K State, had vol­un­tar­ily made a Stand­still Agree­ment with Pakistan sur­ren­der­ing all those sub­jects of the State which were be­ing looked af­ter by the Bri­tish India gov­ern­ment. These sub­jects were: De­fense, com­mu­ni­ca­tions, for­eign af­fairs, cur­rency and eco­nomic devel­op­ment of the State. In prin­ci­ple with the ac­cep­tance of the Stand­still Agree­ment Pakistan had as­sumed the re­spon­si­bil­ity of these sub­jects. As the Stand­still Agree­ment has never been re­scinded, there­fore in prin­ci­ple Pakistan’s role is in­tact which has been blocked by heavy de­ploy­ment of In­dian forces in Jammu and Kash­mir to­day, over 800,000.

The Kash­mir watch­ers said that the map of this re­gion is as­sum­ing such pro­por­tions that sooner Kash­miris and Pak­ista­nis shall have to fight a self-safety fight with their con­ven­tional foe. They pointed out that India was building a dan­ger­ous cob­web around Pakistan to over­ran/by­pass the routes which run thru Pakistan land­mass.

Kash­miri el­ders warned that ei­ther whole of Asia or South Asia seems to be fu­ture harsh col­li­sion as Kash­mir is an alive is­sue. India has left its peace raag un­der Modi; they are pre­par­ing them­selves for what they per­ceive a ‘crush­ing’ round of war, come what may. Kash­mir watch­ers called upon their peo­ple to stand ready for any mo­ment can un­leash a disas­ter from In­dian in­tran­si­gence.

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