October 2003 News

Nuclear War On Kashmir Can't Be Ruled Out: Sardar Anwar

12 October 2003
The Pakistan Tribune

London: Azad Jammu Kashmir President Sardar Muhammad Anwar Khan has urged United States and Britain to play an effective role for the solution of Kashmir dispute in order to avoid nuclear conflict in the region. 'Use of nuclear weapons could not be ruled out if war erupts between India and Pakistan on Kashmir. The dispute could only be resolved through peaceful talks and US, Britain should play their role in this regard,' he said while speaking on ' Kashmir Nuclear Flash Point' at Royal Institute of International Affairs and International Institute of Strategic Studies . Heads of British policy making institutions, Think Tanks, Journalists, representatives of Kashmiri, Pakistani and Indian communities in Britain were also present. Sardar Anwar in his keynote address said that Kashmir issue is the nuclear flash point in South Asia region and it should be resolved through United Nations resolutions and under the wishes of Kashmiri people. 'When we talk about Nuclear Flash point, 50 to 60 percent element is only based on blackmailing. However, we cannot ignore 40 percent chances of use of nuclear arms because it is also a very high proportion,' he said. He emphasised that we should work to ensure to bringing the chances of use of nuclear weapons in the region at zero level. This could only possible by resolving the contentious issue of Kashmir, he added. AJK President said Pakistan would not withdraw from its principled stand on Kashmir and would maintain diplomatic, moral and political support for the Kashmiri people. In reply to a question he said Kashmiris would not accept Line of Control as permanent border as they have rendered more than eighty five thousand lives for their right to self- determination. It is not a dispute of land but the issue of Kashmiris right to self-determination. He said India was not sincere to resolve Kashmir issue, as contradictory statements issue by Indian leadership about the resumption of talks is the testimony of the fact. To another question he said the United States and Britain should consider the fact that India wants to exploit international war against terrorism. Indian forces were committing grave human rights violations in Indian held Kashmir and international community should exert pressure on India to stop atrocities against innocent civilians and start peaceful and result oriented talks to resolve Kashmir dispute peacefully, he added.


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