The veteran Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani, while hailing the people of Pakistan for successfully completing the democratic process of elections in the country expressed the confidence that Pakistan will use all its channels to build pressure on India to resolve the Kashmir dispute by implementing the relevant resolutions of the United Nations.

Syed Ali Gilani in a media interview in Srinagar said that the entire international community acknowledged that the Jammu and Kashmir was a disputed territory. He said that the UN resolutions provided the best solution to the lingering dispute, therefore, the world community should use its influence and take practical steps for their implementation.

It is a historic fact that India had forcibly occupied Jammu and Kashmir in 1947 by landing its troops in Srinagar in total disregard to the Partition Plan of Indian Subcontinent and against the wishes of the Kashmiri people – laying foundation of the Kashmir dispute. Kashmiris had strongly resisted this Indian invasion and launched a massive uprising against it and within a few months, they had forced New Delhi to take the Kashmir dispute to the UN seeking its help for settlement of the dispute. Subsequently, the World Body had passed several resolutions acknowledging the Kashmiris’ right to decide their future through a plebiscite to be held under its supervision.

The first Indian Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, had promised before the world community and at several other occasions that the people of Jammu and Kashmir will be given an opportunity to decide their future by themselves. However, this commitment remains unfulfilled despite the passage of more than six decades and the sufferings of the Kashmiri people continue.

It is also a reality that Pakistan has always advocated resolution of the conflict over Kashmir through giving the Kashmiris their inalienable right to self-determination as promised by India and the world community. Pakistan is continuing its moral, political and diplomatic support to the Kashmiris’ liberation struggle for the last over six decades and using every channel to highlight the Kashmir dispute at the global level.

During all these years, New Delhi’s intransigence and unrealistic approach towards the conflict had been the main impediment in the way of its settlement and instead of implementing the relevant UN resolutions, it has been using all kinds of undemocratic and repressive tactics to intimidate the Kashmiris into submission. However, it has failed to succeed in its nefarious designs even after killing lacs of innocent people, subjecting thousands to custodial disappearance and putting hundreds behind the bars besides torturing and rendering scores of others handicapped for life.

The UN resolutions on Kashmir are of enormous importance as they recognize the disputed nature of Jammu and Kashmir. They form the basis for the settlement of the dispute and provide its best practicable solution. The deplorable aspect of the matter is that the UN has so far totally failed to take any serious step for the implementation of these resolutions as it has done in the cases of other international conflicts like East Timor, Kosovo and South Sudan. This attitude of the World Body has emboldened India to carry on its brutalities against the innocent Kashmiris with impunity, resulting in constant threat to the peace and stability in South Asia.

It is high time for the world community to come forward in a big way and impress upon New Delhi to fulfill its commitments and give the Kashmiris a chance to decide about their destiny on their own. This will be the biggest favour not only to the inhabitants of the region but also to the whole planet.

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