Kashmir issue: World opinion slowly changing

Published: February 2, 2011
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Seminar participants declare Kashmiris’ 
struggle legitimate.

Seminar participants declare Kashmiris’ struggle legitimate.

ISLAMABAD: Participants of a seminar expressed solidarity with the people of Jammu and Kashmir and concurred that the uprising in Kashmir was not terrorism but a fight for freedom. For several decades, the Kashmiri people have sought a global recognition of their “struggle against occupation forces.”

The participants, mostly leading political leaders of Pakistan, were in unanimous agreement that Kashmir, peaceful nuclear programme and friendship with China were the key elements of Pakistan’s foreign policy.

They expressed dismay over the world response to the plight of Kashmiris and termed it a “manifestation of double standards.”

They called upon the international community to review its conduct in the wake of “mounting repression by Indian occupation forces.”

However Azad Jammu and Kashmir Prime Minister Sardar Atique Ahmad Khan, who presided over the seminar organised jointly by the Express Media Group and the University of Lahore on Monday, said that the world opinion on Kashmir was undergoing a change.

To substantiate his view, he referred to a recent meeting in which US President Barak Obama advised Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that the resolution of the Kashmir dispute would benefit India more that any country in the region. He also referred to the Chinese president’s identical stance concerning Kashmir in his latest visit to India.

Moreover, he brought to attention another recent development in which Chinese authorities refused visas to about 200 Kashmiri students who held Indian passports. Instead, they were issued permits on plain paper. “This is a major diplomatic victory for Pakistan,” Atiq said.

Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs Manzoor Ahmad Wattoo said that the Kashmir dispute is part of an unfinished agenda of the division of India and the genesis of Pakistan. He said that Pakistan would continue “its moral and material help to the just struggle of the people of Kashmir.”

PML-Q Secretary-General Mushahid Hussain Syed, Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam Secretary-General Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Jamaat-i-Islami Secretary-General Liaquat Baloch, PPP Azad Kashmir President Barrister Sultan Mahmood, former ISI chief Hamid Gul, University of Lahore Director-General Mohammad Ajaib also spoke at the seminar.

They were of the view that Kashmiris were within their right to fight because the United Nations Charter allowed such a struggle,
even armed uprising, when the people were fighting for their inalienable right of freedom.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 2nd, 2011.

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Reader Comments (22)

  • Feb 2, 2011 - 12:06PM

    When it is Indonesia or Somalia where Christian community is involved, UNO and other world powers are very promt active to seek plabicite and divide the country immediately.

    But when it comes to Kashmir, Palestine or Chechniya where Muslims are in majority and have sacrificed and still sacrificing their lives for over 30-50 years have been totally deprived of their basic rights of plabacite to separately live peacefully.

    It is we Muslims who are to be blamed as we are un-divided and un-organized to be fully blamed. Otherwise see despite clear UNO resolution on Kashmir plabecite, India shouting “Kashmir as their Atoot Ang”.

    But inshallah, recent uprising in Yemen, Tunesia and Egypt has gave a ray of hope that Kashmir resolution is not too far and they will get their due rights soonest.

    Regards

    Dr. Saleem SiddiqiRecommend

  • ashok sai
    Feb 2, 2011 - 4:41PM

    @ Saleem Siddiqi

    What about Xinjiang ‘s muslims and uyghurs ?

    Dont shed crocodile tears.Recommend

  • Ravee
    Feb 2, 2011 - 9:16PM

    @ saleem

    Your hope for uprising in kashmir, like one happening in middleast is understandable.

    May the same not happen in ur sindh and baluch province, as it could be uncontrollable for any one.Recommend

  • Feb 2, 2011 - 11:35PM

    @ Ravee / Ashok – Don’t worry for Pakistan as Indian have lot of marxist, communist and mao / other separistis and you should worry for them.

    Pakistan has full ability and capability to know our people and how to address their needs. Dont be befooled by anti-Pakistan media reports in India.Recommend

  • aisha bashir
    Feb 3, 2011 - 12:26AM

    i think kashmiri people should decide weahther they want to be with india or pakistan…i am also a kashmiri…andas a kashmiri my self want a independent state of kashmir…Recommend

  • indian
    Feb 3, 2011 - 2:06PM

    @Saleem
    why not raise your voice for baluchistan( becoz baluchistan is with muslim country so no problem to you )
    why not you raise your voice for uighur(becoz its with china which is pakistans best friend)
    why not you raise your voice for kurdish rebel group who are also struggling freedom

    becoz u take sides on the situation and islamism..Recommend

  • Feb 3, 2011 - 9:13PM

    @Indian Pakistan have proof that it is Indian Raw Agent who are doing all these mischieves in Baluchistan like they did in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh). India at that time took unfair advantage of distance between Pakistan and East Pakistan and helped rebelled with its own army to took over.

    But India will never ever succeed in its ulterior ambitions inshallah. We are all one and shall remain one.

    China is our friend will remain so. India and indians may be trying hard to sow seed of hatred but they will not succeed.

    @Aisha I fully agree with you for a separate Kashmir. Our Ex-president Musharaff tried his best to achieve this objective but some hawks in Indian Cabinets made sure that this should not happen. Well sacrifices of thousands of martrred Kashmiries will not go in abeyance and one day inshallah Kashmir will be liberated from India as an independent state on the Globe.Recommend

  • Chethan
    Feb 4, 2011 - 1:53PM

    So the best way to know what kashmiris want is by pooling, taking the opinion of a few group of people if they need independent state or any of the two countries ie. Pakistan or India may never reflect reality. 2008 election shows 52 pc turnout in Jammu and Kashmir’s last poll phase(http://headlinesindia.mapsofindia.com/elections-news/assembly-polls/52-percent-turnout-in-jammu-and-kashmirs-last-poll-phase-4383.html). Only Such polls will decide what whole Kashmir really needs.Recommend

  • Feb 4, 2011 - 9:24PM

    @Chethan Thanks for one sided Indian media report which is ofcourse partial. If India is so confident, then why she does not allow impartial foreign country Election observers during Elections. Why they are scared of. They know that the real people there do not come to vote as they do not recognize India.

    Why they hoist Black Flags on their houses on the independence day of India which is a clear proof that they do not want to be annexed with India. They want a separate land.

    It is time that India must read between the lines or its fate on the Walls before it is too late.

    Don’t forget what happened in Russia. It was a mighty nation but now divided into pieces.

    Only those who learn from other’s mistakes prosper and those who turn their eyes blind suffer. It is up to India to choose which way it want to go – – – – –Recommend

  • Sid Kay
    Feb 4, 2011 - 11:49PM

    The Fate of Kashmir has already been decided 63 years ago when it voluntarily acceded to India. It is now a state in the Republic of India. Case closed.

    Those inhabitants (predominantly muslim migrants from Central Asia) of Kashmir who want freedom are free to migrate somewhere else.Recommend

  • Feb 5, 2011 - 12:10AM

    @Sid I feel pitty on your ignorance. Fate of the people is decided with the opinion of the people and not by its so-called Dogra Ruler who “sold” Kashmir to India and fleed away. If one man’s wishes is voluntary accession, I must say that you are living in fools paradise.

    Come on be realistic and let the people of Kashmir have their rights to live peacefully and separately otherwise Hindus going for Yatra will be keep butchered as we have seen in the past but you will keep your face hiding like an ostrech in the ground by saying “all is well”.Recommend

  • Shekh
    Feb 5, 2011 - 6:23AM

    Pakistan should first fix its provinces.Kashmir policy and alienation from india has brought pakistan on ther verge of annihilation .
    Wake up !Recommend

  • vasan
    Feb 5, 2011 - 6:36AM

    Let Pakistan meets the condition of the plebiscite ie withdrawal of army from POK, taking back of aksai chin, withdrawal of the tribal monsters who tried to invade Kashmir in 1947 etc.
    If a plebiscite is held after that, Indians will not object to thatRecommend

  • Feb 5, 2011 - 12:14PM

    @vasan – All condition will be met under the umbrella of UN – However first thing first, India should stop keep saying “Kashmir is its Attot Ang” otherwise Bharat will face Toot Phoot.Recommend

  • vasan
    Feb 5, 2011 - 12:31PM

    Dr Siddiqi, Keep dreamingRecommend

  • Feb 5, 2011 - 12:57PM

    @vasan:
    We Pakistani dream at night but Indian do day dreaming and we Pakistanis know how to wake them up and can use our neuclar weapons if they keep barking like this.Recommend

  • Hafeez Butt
    Feb 5, 2011 - 10:33PM

    Everybody is giving his opinion, without involving the Kashmiris. Being a Kashmiri migrant to Pakistan, let both Parties (India and Pakistan), allow Kashmiris to express their opinion under UNO umbrella, as was done in Indonesia (East Timor) and Somalia. Let us decide to whom we join or need a separate land.
    Please allow us, otherwise trouble will always remain.Recommend

  • eesha chaitan
    Feb 22, 2011 - 6:36PM

    @Dr. Saleem Siddiqi:
    i truly agree to ur post mr doc.. its reality tht indians never accept..Recommend

  • eesha chaitan
    Feb 22, 2011 - 6:37PM

    @Hafeez Butt:
    uno never wants to resolve kashmir issue especially..Recommend

  • Subbu Jois
    Feb 24, 2011 - 11:33PM

    Those asking for UN plebiscite need to read the terms first – It asks for J&K to be under one rule to conduct the plebiscite. Pak needs to vacate POK and China needs to give back the territories that Pak has gifted and it has in turn illegally occupied, for the plebiscite to be conducted. Let us know when Pak and China have done the needful and the plebiscite will be conducted! Recommend

  • Hafeez Butt
    Feb 25, 2011 - 6:47AM

    Sabbu Jois, same I am asking that India should also vacate, and given Kashmir under UN control for plebiscite. Thank you.Recommend

  • Bilal
    Mar 10, 2011 - 12:01AM

    @Dr.Saleem
    May i have ur Emial ID pls?

    or leave me a mail. [email protected]Recommend

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