India is using different tactics to mislead the international community about the Kashmir dispute and to prolong its illegal occupation on Jammu and Kashmir. To achieve these objectives its leaders keep on issuing different statements claiming that Kashmir is India’s internal issue – although the first Indian prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, had announced on many occasions that Kashmir was a dispute and the Kashmiris would be given an opportunity to choose their political destiny.
Ironically, on one hand, the rulers in New Delhi extend talks offer to Pakistan and the Kashmiri Hurriyet leadership to find out a resolution of the dispute, while on the other, they repeat the mantra of Jammu and Kashmir being integral part of their country. This duplicity has been the basic impediment in the resolution of the Kashmir conflict during the past over six decades.
The Indian Home Minister, Sushil Kumar Shinde’s recent assertion in which he expressed his willingness to meet the pro-liberation leaders to know what they really want is no exception. His avowal seems to be a crude joke aimed at making mockery of the sacrifices of lacs of Kashmiri martyrs and hundreds of others languishing in jails for challenging the illegal occupation of their homeland by New Delhi. Shinde’s question, what Hurriyet leaders want is irrelevant as the entire world is cognizant of the fact that the people of Kashmir under the leadership of All Parties Hurriyet Conference and other Hurriyet forums are engaged in a freedom struggle.

The veteran Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani, in his reaction termed the remarks of Indian home minister as ridiculous. He maintained that it was astonishing that a person holding such an important position was unable to understand the real aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
There is no denying the fact that Jammu and Kashmir is an international dispute and sixty-five years ago, New Delhi itself had taken it to the United Nations seeking help for its resolution. Subsequently, the World Body had passed several resolutions recognizing the disputed character of the territory and calling for its settlement in accordance with the Kashmiris’ aspirations through an impartial plebiscite to be conducted under its supervision.
It is also a reality that the conflict over Kashmir has caused wars between Pakistan and India and continues to pose a threat to the peace of entire South Asia. It has become a flashpoint and can lead to a catastrophe, as both the countries now possess nuclear weapons.

In the backdrop of these realities, the statement of Indian home minister points to the fact that New Delhi is not ready to acknowledge the Kashmiris’ just struggle for securing their inalienable right to self-determination. It also depicts the continued stubborn approach of India on the Kashmir dispute.
The fact of the matter is that the entire international community realizes the urgency of resolving the Kashmir dispute and it is only Indian leadership that keeps on ignoring the Kashmiris’ sentiments. The disputed status of Jammu and Kashmir is a reality. New Delhi should understand that its intransigent approach is dangerous and it must take sincere steps to settle the dispute for ensuring permanent peace in the region and the world at large.

The world community must also fulfill its obligations to help resolve this core issue for the security, progress and prosperity of mankind. The best possible way to achieve this goal is the implementation of the relevant UN resolutions, which were passed decades ago and had promised that the Kashmiri people would be given an opportunity to decide their future by themselves.

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