Washington, DC.: The Chairman of Washington-based World Forum for Peace & Justice, Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai, has called for resolving the Kashmir dispute through tripartite talks involving Pakistan, India and the genuine Kashmiri leadership.
According to Kashmir Media Service, Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai in a statement issued in Washington said that the United Nations Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) during its 55th meeting on Friday (November 17) approved a draft resolution on the universal realization of the right of peoples to self-determination. He said, “This is one more promise given to the people of occupied lands, including Kashmir that cannot be kept. If promises are made to be broken, then Kashmir may be summoned to prove the treacherous proposition. Broken promises haunt Kashmir’s history and explain its tragedy.”
And, if we were to judge the United Nations based upon its history of involvement in efforts to resolve international conflicts, Dr Fai added, the simplest answer is that it has been an enormous failure. He said counted among the greatest failures of the UN are dozens, in particular, Palestine and Kashmir. “In context, Kashmir cannot be ignored, perhaps for no other reason than the conflict there has gone on for 76 years and seems destined to continue as long as the 900,000 Indian military and paramilitary forces continue to occupy the region. The potential for genocide remains a very real threat as warned by Dr Gregory Stanton, Chairman, Genocide Watch,” he said.
Dr Fai pointed out that India has made many promises at the UN and other forums regarding the resolution of the Kashmir dispute but kept none of them. He expressed frustration at the lack of initiative at the United Nations. “It seems that UN Security Council has honored India’s indefensible defense of its Kashmir broken promises because of its muscular military, nuclear and economic profile and hegemony in South Asia,” he said.
Dr Fai maintained that it is high time the lingering dispute must be resolved through the tripartite negotiations among India, Pakistan and the genuine leadership of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. K