Dr.Fai calls for multilateral dialogue on Kashmir

Islamabad: Dr.Ghulam Nabi Fai, Secretary General World Kashmir Awareness Forum has welcomed the proposal put froth by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and termed it the most sensible, feasible and practically workable proposal to resolve the long pending issue in South Asia.
Commmenting on the visit of Turkish President has said , the people of Kashmir were heartened by reports that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan would try to persuade both India and Pakistan to engage in a multilateral dialogue for a just and durable settlement of the Kashmir conflict.
Hailing the President Erdogan’s remarks during an interview with WION television channel in which he said “We should not allow more casualties to occur, and by strengthening multilateral dialogue, we can be involved, and through multilateral dialogue, I think we have to seek out ways to settle this question once and for all” said that multilateral dialogue is the only way left to settle this long standing dispute.
Dr. Fai while expressing his serious concern and disappointment on the Indian bilateralism mantra said that the mantra has been repeated not only by Mr. Baglay but also by some world powers that they have no alternative but to rely on bilateral talks between India and Pakistan to achieve a settlement thus hurting the freedom sentiment of the entire Kashmiri nation. It was brought into negotiations by India as a farce to avoid confronting the issue. Unless we move forward through interaction and mediation and facilitation by the international community, bilateralism will never work.
The people of Kashmir would like to reiterate that the urgent goal of resolving the Kashmir dispute cannot be left to the two governments of India and Pakistan to achieve. It requires the engagement of a multilateral effort — one or two permanent members of the Security Council along with India, Pakistan, Kashmiri leadership and Turkey as the Chairman of OIC.
“The proposal may seem rather unconventional but we believe that it would be a striking demonstration of the global statesmanship which the United Nations can summon in the cause of peace, international security and human betterment.” Fai said.
Fai suggested that the world powers have two choices before them. One is to continue confining themselves to warning both Pakistan and India against going to war with each other. This policy bases the no war prospect in South Asia on a very precarious foundation. The prospect of a nuclear exchange in that vast Subcontinent cannot be dismissed in the event of hostilities breaking out between the two countries.
The second option is to play a more activist, mediatory role in regard to Kashmir as suggested by President Erdogan. This can take the shape of a multilateral dialogue or an appropriate use of the newly developed procedures and mechanisms at the United Nations. The U.N. would supply the catalyst that is needed for a settlement.

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