By Arif Qoreshi
ISLAMABAD:The Chairman of United Jihad Council and supreme commander of Hizbul Mujahdeen Syed Salahuddin has said that peace and stability in south Asia hinges on a just and equitable settlement of Kashmir dispute. Syed Salahuddin in a statement appreciated the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s recent remarks on Kashmir, .”The UN Secretary General’s statement on the issue of Kashmir is quite optimistic, however, there is dire need that the world body should take practical measures to settle this long-pending issue in accordance with the aspirations of Kashmiris,” Syed Salahuddin said. The UJC Chairman said that Kashmiris had offered huge sacrifices for settlement of Kashmir peacefully in line with the UN resolutions but India’s traditional intransigence and obduracy remained the main hurdle in the implementation of the relevant UN resolutions. “Ban Ki-moon’s statement is encouraging,” he added.
The recent assertion of the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon in which he called for peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the Kashmiris’ aspirations has evoked more appreciation from pro-liberation and pro-India leaders and parties in occupied Kashmir.
The All Parties Hurriyet Conference leader, Nayeem Ahmed Khan in a statement termed Ban Ki-moon’s remarks as vindication of the stand of Hurriyet leadership.
“It vindicates our stand. It is unfortunate that different conflicts were resolved, but Kashmir dispute has been left out,” he said. The APHC leader maintained that the UN should not restrict itself to statements only otherwise its credibility would be at stake.
Liberation leader, Javed Ahmed Mir in a media interview in Srinagar said that Kashmir was one of the oldest unresolved disputes that needed to be resolved without any further delay. “We have been waiting for the Kashmir resolution for past over six decades. UN should play a key role in solving the Kashmir issue in the same way it has resolved East Timor and Ireland issues,” he added.
Terming the assertion of the UN Chief as the voice of millions of Kashmiris who are waiting for Kashmir settlement for a long time, a JKLF spokesman said, “We welcome the statement of UN chief. He has talked in favour of a suppressed nation, which is appreciable.” He said that the Kashmiri leaders should be included in the talks process between Pakistan and India to settle the Kashmir problem.
Pro-India parties including National Conference, Congress, Peoples Democratic Party President and Communist Party of India (Marxist) have also welcomed the statement of Ban Ki-moon.
On the other hand, the Convenor of APHC-AJK chapter, Mehmood Ahmed Saghar in his statement in Islamabad said that the UN Secretary General’s argument regarding Kashmir had yet again highlighted the importance of the early resolution of the Kashmir dispute. He said that it was high time that India should accept the ground realities and resolve the lingering dispute.
Saghar said that the international community had a role in this regard and therefore, the UN as custodian of peace and justice should make serious efforts to settle the Kashmir problem to bring peace in South Asia.