Doctors, Lawyers Float A New Political Party In Kashmir11 July 2011
The Hindustan Times
Srinagar: An amalgam of well-known doctors, lawyers and thinkers on Monday floated a new political party J-K Intelligentsia Guild to push for peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue with thrust on development of the state and communal harmony. 'There were chances in the past where we could have resolved the Kashmir problem but we could not seize the moment due to lack of intellectual input. This political party will be the first platform for all educated youth and thinkers of Jammu and Kashmir…our aim is not positions in the government or money since we all are well-earning. We do not intend to sell people's sentiment for petty self-interests. Our goal is to end the suffering, which is on for the last sixty years,' said valley's leading paediatrician Dr Masood-ul-Hassan Husseni, who will now act as vice-president of the political party. The party, which added a new name to the host of other parties already pursuing for Kashmir resolution, was launched in Srinagar by its president Muhammad Amin, a lawyer by profession. 'The party desires to promote everlasting settlement of the Kashmir dispute and would employ all its skills that would help reduce the area of mistrust between India, Pakistan and people of Kashmir,' said Amin. Pledging to work for right to self-determination, Amin said the western world should treat our efforts as a wake up call and attend the problem as a serious threat to world peace. Seeking less dependence on goods being imported from outside the valley, the party intends to have development as its thrust area. 'There is lot of scope for the establishment of agro-based industries, vegetables and fruits. Our party will seek cooperation of experts and implicate the same to eradicate the menace of poverty and ignorance,' said Amin. The party threatened to discourage any arrangement with the outside institution to exploit the state resources. 'Any bilateral or unilateral agreements, arrangements, treaties regarding Kashmir's resources between any forces shall be deemed to be inoperative and unacceptable with regard to its sovereign rights,' said Amin. He said that the party would push for self-sufficiency of people in their basic requirements of essentials. 'People will be educated to establish units based on locally available raw material,' said Amin.