Wednesday, 28 May 2008

India and Paksitan should rethink their Kashmir policy. Dr Shabir Choudhry

India and Paksitan should rethink their Kashmir policy. Dr Shabir Choudhry
28 May 2007

Chairman Diplomatic Committee of JKLF Dr Shabir Choudhry said, Pakistani foreign affairs spokesperson, Tasnim Akhtar is correct when she says no country has right to interfere in internal affairs of Pakistan. And by that logic Pakistan also has no right to interfere in matters of other nations, and we Kashmiris are not part of Pakistan

He said, ‘Pakistani diplomacy suffered a serious set back when its diplomats and unofficial stalwarts failed to impress the EU Parliament, which passed Baroness Emma Nicholson’s Kashmir report with thumping majority. The Pakistani lobby spent huge amount of resources and played every possible trick to dissuade and hoodwink honourable MEPs, but they still lost by 522 to 9’.

Commenting on this report Pakistani Spokesperson rightly says that EU has no power to change UN resolutions on Kashmir. Dr Shabir said, ‘It looks that this power is vested with government of Pakistan and General Musharaf. Contrary to what the UN resolutions demand, Pakistan signed the Shimla Agreement, and denied the UN any role in this by making it a bilateral matter’.

Dr Shabir Choudhry said, ‘Further more many Pakistani rulers, including Genaral Musharaf have proposed division of the State which is against the spirit of the UN resolutions, as the resolutions believe in unity of the state, and do not propose any division’.

He said, ‘for peace and stability of the region both India and Pakistan need to rethink their stands on Kashmir. Their Kashmir policy should reflect ground realities of today, and must not divide the state and deprive Kashmiris of their right of self determination’. END

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