‘Four-point Plan On Kashmir’s Future Lacks Legitimacy’10 May 2010
The Daily Times
Islamabad: The entire four-point plan on Kashmir’s future lacks legitimacy, Kashmiri participants of a round-table conference said on Monday, rejecting all claims made by former foreign minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri. “Not a single prominent Kashmiri leader was taken on board. India and Pakistan primarily reduced it to a bilateral territorial dispute in the process,” Kashmir Centre Brussels Executive Director Barrister A Majeed Tramboo said at a seminar, “The Near Agreement. What it was” organised by the Centre for Research and Security Studies [CRSS].“We challenge Kasuri to identify a single person from either part of Kashmir who was part of the discussions,” Tramboo said. No solution without consultation: “No solution to the issue will be acceptable other than the implementation of the United Nations (UN) resolutions or the right to self-determination,” said Tramboo, adding that the Kashmiri leadership that is actively involved in the dialogue process should be taken on board as no solution can be reached without them. Replying to a question, he said elections in Kashmir could never be part of any solution as they were conducted under Indian control; however, if elections were held under international supervision, the Kashmiri leadership could consider taking part in it. While describing the phrase ‘Kashmir close to agreement’ as delusional, Professor Nazir Ahmed Shaal, Kashmir Centre London Executive Director, said there was no evidence available to the Kashmiri leadership which suggested that the Kashmir issue was about to be resolved during the Musharraf era. “The people who are revolting against Indian rule must be brought to the dialogue table if the two countries are serious about resolving the issue,” he maintained. He added that the Kashmiris’ right to self-determination was non-negotiable.