Gombak (Malaysia): Secretary General of Washington-based World Kashmir Awareness Forum (WKAF), Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai, has said that solution to the suffering of Kashmiris lies in finding a peaceful settlement of the Kashmir dispute through dialogue among all stakeholders – India, Pakistan and Kashmiri leadership.
Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai addressed a ‘Kashmir Roundtable’ held at “International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization” of the International Islamic University, Malaysia. The Institute is headed by an internationally known scholar and author, Datu Dr Osman Bakar. Dr Fai also spoke at ABIM Global Forum, organized by another internationally known human rights activist and the member of Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Jeddah, Sheikh Ahmed Azam.
Dr Fai maintained that the cause of Kashmir’s chilling strife and turbulence was the denial of right to self-determination. “Acceding to self-determination is the answer to Kashmir’s agony. That acceptance would also relieve India of the multiple national security and economic adversities spawned by its denial of self-determination. More important, Kashmir self-determination would eliminate the chief cause of India’s national security vulnerability. War with Pakistan would become fanciful. The liberation of Kashmir would not create a cascading dismembering of India. Its legal history is unique. And it speaks volumes that self-determination in East Timor, Eritrea, and Czechoslovakia did not occasion a spiraling disintegration of Indonesia, Ethiopia, or the Czech and Slovak republics,” he said.
The WKAF Secretary General maintained that India had accepted a resolution in the UN Security Council in 1948 mandating a plebiscite in Kashmir conducted by the United Nations to determine its future sovereignty. India reneged on its plebiscite commitment and obligation because it knew that a commanding majority of the people of Kashmir would never vote accession to India, he pointed out.
Dr Fai said nuclear weapons programmes of India and Pakistan have heightened mutual tensions and placed the entire South Asian region and the world generally in grave danger of a nuclear war.
The WKAF Secretary General deplored that far from seeking to rectify its atrocious human rights record, India had legalized its state terrorism in occupied Kashmir. “It (India) has given its occupation forces powers to shoot to kill and the license to abuse the people of Kashmir in whatever ways they like in order to suppress the popular movement for self-determination. These tactics have no military purpose whatsoever. Their only imaginable purpose is to terrorize a people into submission,” he added.
DR Fai maintained that the people of Kashmir are neither asking military intervention from the world powers nor are they asking for rugged economic sanctions rather they are asking the UN and the US only to exercise their powers to reproach or condemn India for its chilling human rights record in occupied Kashmir.