Dr Shabir Choudhry
Text of speech delivered by Dr Shabir Choudhry in a seminar arranged by United Kashmir Peoples National Party in
Mr Chairman, friends and colleagues aslamo alaykam. I want to thank you for inviting me to express my views on this important topic.
I strongly believe that for peace, stability and prosperity of this region both
I understand some sections of the Pakistani and Kashmiri societies advance this view that all disputes, including the
I disagree with this view point; and strongly emphasis that
Before I say anymore on the future trade relationship between the two countries, I want to briefly explain how efforts to have peace and trade relationship have been hampered in the past.
The partition of
This unprovoked attack not only resulted in death and destruction of innocent people of
Pakistani government managed this tribal attack by violating a treaty they had with the government of
Despite disagreements over demilitarisation and implementation of the UNCIP Resolutions for the resolution of the
After the defeat of 1971, Pakistani policy makers decided to avoid a direct military clash and instead relied on militant groups; and under a new plan called Operation Topac, once again, thousands of militants were trained and sent to
This militancy which started in 1988 has seen many ups and downs, and nearly resulted in another war between
The Indian Prime Minister, on the other hand, was also behaving in serious manner and he visited
In other words, some politicians of
I agree for peace, stability and prosperity of this region we need friendship between
Despite that fear of sabotage, there are signs that leadership of both
Furthermore, as the situation stands today,
It is wrong assumption that we are in good books of
Anyhow, in those conferences, we presented our case on
Furthermore, we looked at things from a South Asian perspective, as we cannot live in isolation. Even if
Economic relationship, trade, tourism, relaxing of visas and social interaction will help us all to understand each other and build bridges of confidence. Once we have common interest and common goals in the region, then we will trust each other and understand perspective of other people better; and in that environment of trust and friendship we can resolve all our disputes through a process of dialogue.
We people of
I can see why
I want to conclude that
Mr Chairman, thank you for your patience.
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