Speakers warn against hasty resolution of Kashmir issue
2 July 2005
The News International
Bara Gali: Speakers at a two-day seminar on Kashmir here warned Pakistan to be cautious, careful and restrain from showing eagerness for the quick resolution of Kashmir dispute. The seminar on 'Resolution of Kashmir dispute: Issues and Options', is being organised by Department of International Relations, University of Peshawar at its Summer Campus at Bara Gali, some 7600 feet above sea level. In his keynote address, former ambassador of Pakistan, Tariq Fatmi cautioned Pakistan not to abandon its principal stand on Kashmir and insist on UN Security Council resolutions. 'India itself raised the issue on UN platform for its resolution and made Pakistan as a legal party. Pakistan should now press for the implementation of UNSC resolutions,' he said. Terming the peace process initiated by President Musharraf as 'irreversible' he said, 'former political rulers - Benazir and Nawaz Sharif - were also keen to settle the much contentious issue. They made earnest efforts for an amicable solution of the dispute.' He said when Pakistan talks of the UN resolutions; it wants a change in the status quo while India wants perpetuation of its control over the disputed territory. He said Pakistan's claim was not for a piece of land but considered supreme wishes of the Kashimiris. 'If Kashmiris decide to join Indian Union, then we have to honour it,' he said. Hailing President Musharraf for initiating the peace process he said, 'Musharraf has shown tremendous courage and statesmanship by initiating the process despite being dubbed as 'author of the Kargil'. He has debunked Indian propaganda that Pakistan is not sincere in peace.' Prof. Khalid Mehmood, poltical analyst and senior research associate at the Institute of Regional Studies, Islamabaad, said that there were apprehensions and misgivings that Indian policy on Kahmisr was whimsical and playful and it want peace and normalisation without solving the Kashmir issue. 'India want to solve the issue on its own terms,' he said. He said that so far the CBMs had been started India had not shown any kind of flexibility except starting Sarinagar- Muzaffarabad bus service and allowing a faction of APHC to visit Pakistan. He said that US-Pakistan ties were tentative and temporary and anytime US could abandon us when it achieved its objectives in the region but with India it wanted a long-term strategic partnership. He said that now leaders of both countries forwarding towards peace and they had termed the ongoing peace process as irreversible and the public opinion on both sides were supporting it. He said that unfortunately there was no progress on CBMs as the talks on Siachin, Baglihar Dam, Sir Creek and Wular Barrage had not proved fruitful. He said that if CBMs were interrelated with the solution of Kashmir and if a Kashmir problem was not solved CMBs would be irrelevant. Vice Chancellor University of Peshawar, Mumtaz Gul said that India was gaining time, as it thought with the passage of time attachment of the Pakistanis with the Kashmir would weaken. He said that during his visit to India he had seen no excitement amongst Indians for the early solution of the issue. He said that on the contrary the well and self-determination had been lost in the excitement for the early resolution of the issue. 'We talk more and do no research on the Kashmir issue and there is a possibility that the future generation will be unaware of the true perspective of the issue,' he said. He said that there was an axis between India and US on Kashmir and 'I perceive a no war pact under the US pressure between India and Pakistan and after that it will demand for abandoning our nuclear facilities,' he said. Mumtaz Gul said that the solution of Kashmir issue without the wishes of the Kashmiri people would be disastrous, as they were the main party to the dispute.