JI criticizes Indian obstinacy on Kashmir issue

LAHORE: Ameer, Jamaat e Islami, Pakistan, Syed Munawar Hasan, has said Indian Foreign Affairs statement terming Kashmir as an integral part of India and rejecting outside mediation on the issue, was the manifestation of Hindu government’s obstinacy and inflexibility.

In a statement, he said that in fact Kashmir was the biggest issue between Pakistan and India, and unless and until it was resolved, the ties between the two neighbours could not improve nor could peace be established in the region.

He said, Kashmir was a disputed territory and warranted plebiscite in accordance with the UN resolutions, and added that the UN and the world community had failed to fulfil its responsibility to implement the UN resolutions on Kashmir.

The US was fully behind India which had been carrying out the genocide of the Kashmiris for decades.

He said the UN had promptly arranged plebiscite in East Timor and South Sudan resulting in their separation because the population there was Christian whereas the Kashmiris were being denied their right to self determination only because they are Muslims.

Syed Munawar Hasan said the Indian Foreign Minister’s statement at this moment was meant to convey the message to the world community, especially Pakistan that New Delhi was neither prepared for talks on the Kashmir issue nor would grant the Kashmiris their right to self determination.

He said, the whole world was aware of the brutalities the Indian occupation forces were committing in Kashmir as Amnesty’s International’s eye opening reports were circulated every now and then. However, he said the attitude of the international community, especially the Muslim rulers in this regard was most disappointing, rather shameful. The Kashmiris were fighting for their liberation and their sacrifices would not go in vain.