Thursday, 30 May 2013

Senior Kashmir Government Officials urge Nawaz Sharif's Government to resolve Kashmir Issue

Senior government officials of Kashmir have urged the newly elected leadership of Pakistan to avoid taking new stands on the issue and follow the dispute-resolution pathway set forth by the previous government. Giving priority to the aspirations of Kashmir citizens, the disputed state has often advocated the need of a free and fair plebiscite to be held under the auspices of the United Nations.

Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani addressed the top leadership of both Azad and occupied Kashmir at Islamabad on Monday. He showed confidence in the Pakistani leadership and suggested them to desist from devising new formulae of resolution or adopting an apologetic or defensive posture. Immense emphasis has been put on the importance of adopting the resolution on the lines passed by the outgoing House.

Azad Kashmir President Sardar Muhammad Yaqub Khan, Prime Minister Chaudhry Abdul Majeed and former President Maj-General (R) Sardar Muhammad Anwar Khan were also present in the meeting. The leadership of Kashmir has also insisted that fundamentalism cannot be related to the region in discussion. There is a rising suspicion that Taliban have taken refuge in Kashmir and the issue has become far more complex than it ever was. On the contrary, Kashmiris have accused India of trying to complicate the matter by dragging the unrelated issues of terrorism in the debate. “India has started raising the Taliban bogey to justify its control on Jammu and Kashmir.

They are raising unnecessary hue and cry about the Taliban to justify the atrocities being perpetrated on the innocent people of Kashmir. Kashmir has been accepted as a dispute pending solution at international forums but the Government of India at times projects it as a law and order problem and is now trying to get Taliban factor in between to mislead the international community,” Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani said.

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