Washington: Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai, Chairman of World Forum for Peace & Justice, while rejecting the assertion of the Indian delegate, Nitish Birdi, to the United Nations on Jammu and Kashmir said, New Delhi “knows it well that she standsin flagrant violation of UN Security Council resolutions mandating a self-determination plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir to be conducted and monitored by the UN”.
Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai in a statement issued in Washington said, Kashmir is not and cannot be regarded as an integral part of India because under all international agreements, which were agreed by both India and Pakistan, negotiated by the United Nations, and endorsed by the Security Council. Kashmir does not belong to any member state of the United Nations. If that is true, then the claim that Kashmir is an integral part of India does not stand.
He said, Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights said on July 8, 2019, that both India and Pakistan should give the people of Kashmir right to self-determination. She added that the people of Kashmir should be included in all talks between India and Pakistan. Why to give Kashmiris right to self-determination, if it is an internal matter of India?
Fai cited Antonio Guterres, the UN Secretary General and said on August 10, 2019 that Kashmir issue has to be resolved under UN Charter and under applicable UN Security Council resolutions. Why?
“Helen Clark, the Prime Minister of New Zealand told the Parliament on October 15, 2004, that, “It is perfectly obvious to the whole world that Kashmir is a flashpoint for tensions between the two countries. Most countries do not regard it as simply an internal affair.”
“The distinguished Indian delegates at the United Nations need to read a write-up by another distinguished diplomat of India, Barrister Minoo Masani, former Indian Ambassador to Brazil. His account was published in Dalit Voice, Bangalore, India on August 1, 1990. Ambassador Masani wrote, ‘A lady asked me other day, ‘why Gorbachev would not agree to the Lithuanian demand for independence from the Soviet Union.’ I countered with the question: ‘Do you believe that Kashmir belongs to India?’ ‘Yes, of course’ she said. ‘That is why?’ I said, ‘There are too many Russians who wrongly believe that Lithuania belongs to the Soviet Union, just as you believe that Kashmir belongs to India.’”
“Arundhati Roy, an prominent Indian intellectual confirmed it by saying ‘It’s (Kashmir) not ever been really a part of India, which is why it’s ridiculous for the Indian government to keep saying it’s an integral part of India.’”
“Robert Bradnock of Chatham House (British Think-tank) released a survey on May 26, 2010, that 74 % to 95 % of the people of the ‘Valley of Kashmir’ want Aazadi (Independence).”
“When Dr. Jaishankar met Mike Pompeo, American Secretary of State in Bangkok on August 2, 2019, he told him that, any discussion on Kashmir will only be with Pakistan and only bilaterally. (The Times of India, August 3, 2019).”
Having made above quotations, Dr Fai said, “We remember that Prime Minister Maranda Modi lead the G20 delegation to pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi. Now is the time that Modi need to also pay attention to the wise counsel of Gandhi ‘Kashmir’s real rulers were its people and not its Maharajas.’ Modi should consider himself as Maharaja.”
He urged world powers, including the United States to realize that today, no issue is of greater urgency and concern than the Kashmir issue where two nuclear powers, uninhibited by any treaty constraints, glare at each other over this territory. “Kashmir and Kashmir alone is the issue that has kept India and Pakistan from normalizing their relations, and it is Kashmir alone that has led to three wars, excessive militarization and nuclearization; and it is Kashmir dispute alone that has brought both India and Pakistan to the brink of nuclear catastrophe. UN intervention is needed in Kashmir. If not now, then when?”