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Non-resolution of Kashmir issue major hurdle in South Asian peace

Speakers urged media to regularly highlight the Kashmir issue and atrocities of Indian forces at IoK
DNA
PESHWAR
Speakers at national seminar here on Monday said Kashmir was an unfinished part of the partition of sub-continent and durable peace in South Asia could only be established by resolving this lingering issue as per the wishes of Kashmiris.
These views were expressed by the speakers during a seminar organized by the Jammu and Kashmir Council in connection with Kashmir Solidarity Day observed in Khyber Pakthunkhwa and Fata with national enthusiasm.
The seminar was attended by politico-religious leadership of all parties including PML-N Information Secretary KP, Nasir Khan Musazai, JUI-F Information Secretary KP Haji Jalil Jan, veteran politician Salim Saifullah Khan,JUI-F leader Haji Ghulam Ali, convener District Council Peshawar Syed Qasim Ali Shah, Hasham Raza Advocate and Central President Rah e Haq Party Muhammad Ibrahim Qasmi besides others.
JUI-F leader, Ghulam Ali said Father of the Nation Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah had special attachment with Kashmir and declared it as a jugular vein of Pakistan. He said Kashmir was unfinished part of the partition of subcontinent and if it was not addressed soon, could pose a serious threat to peace and stability of the South Asia.
Ali said “road to South Asia peace is passed through Kashmir and time has come that this long standing issue should be addressed as per the wishes and aspiration of people of Kashmir through peaceful means.” He said independence movement in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IoK) had entered into decisive stage and time was not for away when people of IoK would get freedom from Indian yoke.
The JUI-F leader said people of IoK had never accepted India’s illegal occupation and the day was not far away when Kashmiris would succeed in their legitimate struggle. He said if international community wanted durable peace in the world, the it should first address the core issues of Kashmir and Palestine.
Senior constitutional lawyer and experts on Kashmir Affairs, Hashim Raza advocate said the Kashmiris struggle had forced India to approach the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on January 1, 1948 seeking its help to settle the issue.
The UNSC had passed several successive resolutions including asking for a free and impartial plebiscite to be conducted by the UN but New Delhi backtracked on its promises and Kashmiris were still struggling for their right to self-determination, he said.
He regretted that UNSC had failed so far to implement its resolutions on Kashmir and this major failure was a big question mark on the performance of the world body. He said it was the responsibility of International Community and UNSC to implement its resolutions on Kashmir in letter and spirit besides taking notices of grave human rights violations and extra judicial killing of the innocent Kashmiris at IoK. He said time has come that issue of Kashmir should be addressed in accordance with wishes of Kashmiri people.
Central President, Rah e Haq Party Pakistan, Muhammad Ibrahim Qasir said that freedom movement in IoK has entered into a decisive stage and time is nearer when people of IoK get independence from Indian oppression.
The people of Pakistan are with Kashmir brethren in their just struggle for self determination and will continue their political, moral and diplomatic support till achievement of their goal.
Senior politician Salim Saifullah Khan also expressed unwavering support to people of IoK and reiterated the moral, political and diplomatic support to them.
The other speakers strongly supported observance of Kashmir solidarity day, which was aimed seeking a peaceful solution of this longstanding issue and to pass on a pragmatic message to the international community and UN through peaceful means to implement its resolutions on Kashmir.
They urged upon the international community to take serious notice of the unprovoked firing of Indian forces on Line of Control as they were deliberately targeting civilians particularly children and women, ambulances and civilian transport, which could not be tolerated further.
They said the use of military power was not a viable solution to address the lingering issue and rather this conflict could be addressed through table talks.
The speakers urged media to regularly highlight the Kashmir issue and atrocities of Indian forces at IoK.
They said world has changed now and people of IoK can be deprived of their social, cultural, political, economics and civil rights any more.



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