‘All-inclusive dialogue needed to settle Kashmir issue peacefully’
NISAR AHMED THOKAR
Islamabad, Jan 19: While stressing the need for de-escalating tensions across the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir, the speakers at the All Parties Kashmir Conference (APKC) urged the international community to persuade India to initiate a meaningful, result oriented and all-inclusive dialogue to settle Kashmir dispute peacefully.
Held under the aegis of Muslim Conference PaK, the APKC was attended by heads of various political and religious parties hailing from all the three regions of Jammu and Kashmir. Chaired by the PaK Prime Minister Chudhary Abdul Majeed, the conference was specially attended by Moulana Fazl-ur-Rehman the chairman of Parliamentary Kashmir Committee, leaders of both the factions of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, representatives of JKLF and other regional parties.
Expressing their serious concerns over the prevailing situation in the region, speakers on the occasion appealed the UN, OIC, EU and other world bodies to activate their diplomatic channels to pursuade India not to resort to the violation of the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir.
Terming the UN resolutions on Kashmir as best roadmap to settle dispute peacefully, the speakers were of the view that it was high time that the government of Pakistan should raise the dispute over Jammu and Kashmir in the UNSC.
The participants of the conference while appreciating the concern shown by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the US government on the tense situation on LoC opined that ceasefire violations and skirmishes on the line of control will continue unless the dispute of Kashmir was addressed in its historical perspective. They maintained that the peace in south Asia was directly linked to the settlement of Kashmir dispute. Referring to East Timor, South Soudan, Kosovo and other issues they said that international community must play its due role to settle this issue that has been hanging around for last several decades. Stressing the need for time bound dialogue between all the stakeholders, they said that tripartite dialogue process must be initiated forthwith to resolve Kashmir issue amicably.
Speakers at the APKC termed Gilgit Baltistan as part and parcel of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir.
They urged the government of Pakistan not to alter the status of region until the final disposition of Kashmir dispute.
The conference urged that heads of Kashmiri political /religious parties of either parts of Jammu and Kashmir State should be allowed to address public meetings on both sides to broaden vision for assisting Kashmir dispute settlement process between Pakistan and India.
The conference called for an immediate resumption of Intra-Kashmiri dialogue process with an extended inclusion of all segments of society of the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir particularly United Jihad Council (UJC).
Those who spoke on the occasion included the chairman Kashmir Committee Moulana Fazl Rehman, PaK PM Chudhary Abdul Majeed, Sardar Attique Ahmed Khan the president of Muslim Conference and the host of the APKC, Mehmood Ahmed Saghar the convener of APHC-M, Ghulam Muhammad Safi the Convener of APHC-G, Majeed Malik president Liberation League, Syed Yousuf Naseem, JKLF leaders Touqeer Gilani, Rafiq Ahmed Dar, Shab-u-Din Madni of Jammiat Ahl-e-Hadith, Abdul Rasheed Turabi Chief of Jammat-i-Islami PaK and several others.
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