Kashmir issue can only be resolved through dialogue: Experts

Islamabad, August 05 (KMS): Experts at a panel discussion Friday on the plight of Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) unanimously agreed that the resolution of Kashmir dispute could be reached only through dialogue and engagement.

The panel discussion was organized by the Information Service Academy (ISA) in Islamabad at the ISA auditorium in observance of Youm-e-Istehsal, condemning Indian atrocities against the people of IIOJK.

August 5 is remembered as the Youm-e-Istehsal as it was on this day three years ago when the rightwing Bharatiya Janata Party-led Indian government revoked Articles 370 and 35-A of the Indian constitution abrogating the special status of IIOJK.

Former secretary foreign affairs Riaz Muhammad Khan, while delving deep into the root-cause of the problem, termed Kashmir an unfinished agenda of 1947 partition. He said, for Pakistanis, Kashmir is not only a matter of principled position, but they also have emotional involvement with the Kashmiri brethren.

He said Pakistan’s historical position on Kashmir was based on two things – UNSC resolutions and Simla Agreement. He said he did not see any chance of the revival of a dialogue between the two countries as long as “there is Modi-led BJP in power”. He said the Congress party had a different position on Kashmir’s situation.

Munawar Hussain, Assistant Professor at Quaid-e-Azam University, gave a brief scholarly overview of the dynamics of power and theories of international relations with reference to the Kashmir dispute. He questioned the basic tenets of various schools of thought and also the character of international society.

“Is Kashmir not a part of the international society?” he asked, referring to the state of ethnic and religious minorities in India and the treatment meted out to them by the BJP-led government. “The way India treats Dalits and Sikhs, and people from Nagaland is not hidden from anyone,” he said, adding the neo-liberal order was collapsing mainly because of American and Indian indifference towards the ideals of democracy and self-government.

In the end, he urged the OIC to play its role as there was a power vacuum left as a result of the emergence of multiple centers of power.

Earlier, ISA’s Arfa Abdul Razaq gave a brief overview of the political and social changes in Kashmir due to the Indian action on August 5, 2019. She also listed some of the steps taken by the Pakistan government after those changes were made.

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