19th July is of special significance in the history of Jammu and Kashmir. On this day in 1947, genuine representatives of majority of Kashmiris unanimously passed the resolution of Kashmir’s Accession to Pakistan during a meeting of the All Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference at the residence of Sardar Muhammad Ibrahim Khan in Aabi Guzar area of Srinagar. »

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Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai

Kashmir is internationally recognized as a disputed territory whose final status is yet to be determined by the people. Both India and Pakistan have nuclear weapons and have fought three wars during the past half-century. This is a matter that urgently needs to be put on a road to find a just and viable solution. »

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Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai

Washington, July 21 (KMS): Kashmir is internationally recognized as a disputed territory whose final status is yet to be determined by the people. Both India and Pakistan have nuclear weapons and have fought three wars during the past half-century. This is a matter that urgently needs to be put on a road to find a just and viable solution.

The heart of the matter is that Kashmir is an occupied country. Its sovereignty and right to self-determination is being ignored. India insists that this state, which is nestled in the Himalayas between Pakistan and India, is an integral part of India and refuses to negotiate in any manner with the people of Kashmir or with Pakistan. The claim is rejected not only by the people of Kashmir but also by the international community. »

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India claims to have signed an instrument of accession with former Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir but its statement is controversial. The fact is that Maharaja of Kashmir sought Indian military support against the popular insurgency in Kashmir. Despite the use of military power by India to crush this popular revolt, the Kashmiri people didn’t surrender politically. It was certainly and clearly an illegal and forcible occupation of a sizable part of the State of Jammu and Kashmir by India, therefore, the people of Kashmir and Pakistan never accepted New Delhi’s false claim over Jammu and Kashmir. »

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