Monday, 29 April 2013

Speakers Corner TV programme part 2, presented by Dr Shabir Choudhry and Abdul Ghafar Shapal Guests are Lord Qurban Hussain and Mehmood Kashmiri

Speakers Corner TV programme part 2, presented by Dr Shabir Choudhry and Abdul Ghafar Shapal
Guests are Lord Qurban Hussain and Mehmood Kashmiri

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Video of Kashmir Conference arranged by Third World Solitary in the British Parliament on 24 April 2013

Video of Kashmir Conference arranged by Third World Solitary in the British Parliament on 24 April 2013

Thursday, 25 April 2013

TV programme: Pakistani elections and impact on Kashmir

Kashmir dispute - way forward Speech of Dr Shabir Choudhry delivered in a Kashmir Conference held in the British Parliament on 24 April 2013.

Kashmir dispute - way forward
Speech of Dr Shabir Choudhry delivered in a Kashmir Conference held in the British Parliament on 24 April 2013.
Mr Chairman, friends and colleagues aslamo alaikam and good evening
I want to thank Mr Mushtaq Lashari and the Third World Solidarity for providing this opportunity to me to express my views to this august gathering.
Title of this Conference is, ‘Kashmir: past, present- way forward’. In my opinion, before we discuss what the way forward on Kashmir is, we need to establish what we mean by Kashmir.
By Kashmir, I mean the State of Jammu and Kashmir that existed on 15 August 1947; which includes areas known as Azad Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan, Ladakh, Jammu and the Valley. It is important to point out that all areas of the State are disputed.
Those who claim that the Kashmir dispute is easy to resolve are wrong. It is very complex dispute with many dimensions; and before we propose any solution to this dispute we need to comprehend all dimensions of the dispute.
Jammu and Kashmir is multi religious and multi ethnic State; and there is no danger to Islam or any other religion. So the Kashmir dispute is not religious in nature. It is a political dispute and requires a political solution.
The Two Nations Theory was only applicable to the British India and did not apply to the Princely States, including Kashmir. This fact was acknowledged by the founder of Pakistan Mohammed Ali Jinnah as well. In a statement issued on 17 June 1947 Mohammed Ali Jinnah said, and I quote:
‘That after the lapse of Paramountcy the Indian States would be constitutionally and legally sovereign states and free to adopt for themselves any course they wished. It is open to States to join Hindustan Constituent Assembly or Pakistan Constituent Assembly or to decide to remain independent’. Unquote
This clearly means that the State of Jammu and Kashmir had three options, namely accession to India, accession to Pakistan or to become independent. This fact was also acknowledged by the UNCIP Resolution of 13 August 1948, which stated, and I quote:
‘The Government of India and the Government of Pakistan reaffirm their wish that the future status of the State of Jammu and Kashmir shall be determined in accordance with the will of the people and to that end, upon acceptance of the Truce Agreement both Governments agree to enter into consultations with the Commission to determine fair and equitable conditions whereby such free expression will be assured.’ Unquote
It is sad that the Kashmiri peoples right of self - determination was curtailed in the next UNCIP Resolution that was passed on 5 January 1949, which stated, and I quote:
‘The question of the accession of the State of Jammu and Kashmir to India and Pakistan will be decided through the democratic method of a free and impartial plebiscite.' Unquote
This meant both India and Pakistan were prepared to grant people of Jammu and Kashmir a right of accession; and not a right of self – determination; as a right of self-determination must include a right to independence.
Since the Simla Agreement of 1972, both India and Pakistan have transformed the Kashmir dispute as a bilateral dispute, just like many other disputes they have; and all the talks they had on Kashmir always ensured that the people of Jammu and Kashmir were not part of the dialogue.
Mr Chairman
There are many reasons why the Kashmir dispute is not resolved. Among them is disunity of the people of Jammu and Kashmir; and their inability to decide what they want, as some want to accede to Pakistan, some want to accede to India and some want to become independent country. Apart from that some want to make Kashmir dispute a Muslim dispute and impose Islamic laws; and others want to have democratic system.
Furthermore, many of us do not recognise this fact that Jammu and Kashmir is occupied by three countries, yet the practical struggle is against only one country – India. If India bashing helps to promote the cause of Jammu and Kashmir, then I will be the first one to do that. However, I know for sure that it would be detrimental to the cause of Kashmir because when people only attack India and remain quiet on wrong doings of Pakistan then the international community take us as ‘proxies of Pakistan who are promoting a Pakistani agenda on Kashmir.
By all mean criticise India where India is wrong; but don’t shy away to criticise Pakistan when Pakistan is wrong on Kashmir. For example, we hear all the time that India did not implement the UN Resolutions on Kashmir; but we know for fact that it was Pakistan which refused to withdraw its troops from the territory of Jammu and Kashmir as demanded by the UNCIP Resolution passed on 13 August 1948. Part 2, Section 1 of this Resolution states, and I quote:
  1. (l) ‘As the presence of troops of Pakistan in the territory of the State of Jammu and Kashmir constitutes a material change in the situation since it was represented by the Government of Pakistan before the Security Council, the Government of Pakistan agrees to withdraw its troops from that State’.
  2. (2) ‘The Government of Pakistan will use its best endeavor to secure the withdrawal from the State of Jammu and Kashmir of tribesmen and Pakistan nationals not normally resident therein who have entered the State for the purpose of fighting’. Unquote
It must be pointed out that India was only asked to withdraw ‘bulk’ of its troops after Pakistan had completed its withdrawal; but since Pakistan did not withdraw its troops there was no question of India either withdrawing or holding any kind of plebiscite.
Mr Chairman
Kashmir is not only a political dispute, it is also human issue. People are suffering because of the Kashmir dispute. As a way forward, I propose the following:
1.      Resolution of the Kashmir dispute is essential for the peace and stability of the entire region. It is, therefore, imperative that the Kashmir dispute is resolved in accordance with the wishes of the people.

2.      As the people of Jammu and Kashmir are the principal party in the Kashmir dispute, we must be part of the dialogue process on Kashmir, as we cannot allow bureaucrats of New Delhi and Islamabad to tell us what is good for us, and decide our future. We are mature and sensible people and know what is good for us.

3.      Until such time that the Kashmir dispute is resolved, both India and Pakistan should take more Kashmir centric Confidence Building Measures; and open all traditional routes linking all parts of the Princely State of Jammu and Kashmir.

4.      Both countries should make easier the travelling process that people of the divided State could meet, socialise and trade with each other.

5.      Life, liberty and fundamental rights of all citizens of Jammu and Kashmir must be respected; and all political prisoners must be released and those uprooted by the militancy must be rehabilitated.

6.      All parties to the Kashmir dispute should agree that there is no military solution to the Kashmir dispute; and make serious efforts to control and disband all those groups that promote religious hatred, intolerance, violence and terrorism.

7.      Both India and Pakistan must show flexibility in their approach to solving the Kashmir dispute; and Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan should also be part of the future negotiations.

8.      Both countries should allow people to hold regional conferences that the people of Jammu and Kashmir could promote peace and tolerance, and build bridges of confidence and understanding.

9.      Until such time that the Kashmir dispute is resolved, Pakistan should discard Act 74 and Gilgit Baltistan self - empowerment package 2009; and allow Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan to merge and establish a united government that people of Jammu and Kashmir on this side of the LOC could manage their own affairs.
Mr Chairman, I thank you for your patience.
Writer is a political analyst and author of many books and booklets. Also he is Director Institute of Kashmir 

Sunday, 14 April 2013

A wise traveller

A wise traveller
A wise traveller ignores the barking dogs and continues his journey, as he know these dogs have to show their loyalty to the master who feeds them by barking loud.
Dr Shabir Choudhry

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

WikiLeaks shows PoK part of Indian administered Kashmir, no LoC

WikiLeaks  shows  PoK  part of  Indian administered Kashmir, no LoC

Whistleblower website WikiLeaks has shown Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) as part of Pakistan in it's recently released global map.

There is no mention of the Line of Control as is the common practice to refer to the two sides of LoC as India-controlled Kashmir and 

The interactive map was released by WikiLeaks on Monday, so as to help people to search into it's 1.7 million cables in a user-friendly manner.
The Indian Embassy in Washington did not respond to an email as whether it was aware of WikiLeak's goof up and what steps it has taken to depict factual representation of the international boundary.
Though on its website, WikiLeaks has said that the map was created using country boundary lines of 1975.

Monday, 1 April 2013

China occupying parts of Kashmir Gilgit Baltistan: Kashmir leader

China occupying parts of Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan: Kashmir leader

   Mar 28, 12:49 pm
Geneva, Mar.28 (ANI): A Kashmiri leader has revealed that China is in occupation of parts of Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan and Aksai Chin, despite not being a party to any of these land ownership disputes
In an interview given to ANI, Dr. Shabir Choudhry, Head of Diplomatic Committee and senior leader of the Kashmir National Party (KNP), said: “China also occupies part of Jammu and Kashmir state, some part of the Aksai Chin area and some areas of Gilgit Baltistan.”
“Despite that occupation, China is not a party in any dispute. Pakistan and pro-Pakistani Kashmiris are trying to make Beijing a party in these disputes. This will be totally disastrous,” he warned.
Choudhry further stated that having more or less unrestricted access to these areas, Beijing has undertaken a major exploration drive to unearth precious minerals and stones, which it hopes to use for developing its missile technology.
“Various areas in Gilgit Baltistan have been given to China for exploration.  All minerals, precious stones and (other) material that can be used for missile technology, China is taking all those away. Pakistan has given these areas to China very generously. They (Pakistanis) have received an amount for that. For each area that they have given to China, they have received money for that,” Choudhry claimed.
Claiming that China and Pakistan’s elite class were the only ones benefitting from this exercise, the Kashmiri leader said:” Local people are protesting that these resources belong to us, we should benefit only, our generations should benefit.”
“I visited Gilgit Baltistan. I saw that area and I was surprised to see Chinese signboards over there. What does that imply. People there don’t know Chinese. I don’t know Chinese. It means that Chinese presence is there. Signboards are for them, not for me or not for Pakistanis. So there is a large presence of Chinese in Gilgit Baltistan,” he said.
“The road construction and dam construction which is going on over there, there is a large presence of the Chinese Army,” he added.(ANI)

Hafiz Saeed is a killer of Kashmiris: Dr. Shabir Choudhry

Hafiz Saeed is a killer of Kashmiris: Dr. Shabir Choudhry

Apr 1, 6:19 pm
Geneva, April 1 (ANI): Kashmiri leader Dr. Shabir Choudhry has categorically described Jamaat-ud-Dawa leader Hafeez Saeed as a killer of Kashmiris.
In an interview given to ANIhere recently, Dr. Choudhry said: “Hafiz Saeed from one point of view is the killer of Kashmiris. And I am saying this quite openly. Maybe, there could be repercussions for me calling Hafiz Saeed a killer on T.V. It is not a small thing, but I am saying this. And, if my death is at the hands of his men, I can’t change that. I say this that they have killed the innocent Kashmiris.”
“The kind of politics, the kind of strategy his party and other Jihadi groups are promoting, it is my firm belief that they are not pro-Kashmir. They are killing my Kashmir. My people are dying and somebody has to talk about this,” he added.
Choudhry further revealed that Hafiz Saeed was such a busy person that even the Prime Minister of Pakistan had to seek an appointment before meeting him.
He also claimed that Saeed’s recent meeting with Kashmiri separatist leader Yasin Malik and their decision to be seen on the same platform, was pre-arranged and pre-planned. (ANI)