Kashmir dispute big threat to future of South Asia: Gilani

Srinagar, September 30, 2015 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani has said that Jammu and Kashmir is not any border dispute between Pakistan and India but it is an issue of the future of over 13 million people of Jammu and Kashmir. Syed Ali Gilani was commenting on Indian External Affairs Ministry Spokesman, Vikas Swarup’s statement in which he had claimed that the US President, Barack Obama had agreed to the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, during their meeting that Kashmir was a bilateral issue to be resolved between India and Pakistan through talks.

Syed Ali Gilani in his statement issued in Srinagar, today, said that the people of Kashmir were the fundamental party to the Kashmir dispute, but India had enslaved them by the dint of military might. He said that the Kashmiris’ right to self-determination had been acknowledged by the entire world including the United Nations and they had advocated its solution through referendum.

The veteran leader appealed to the world powers not to see the dispute over Jammu and Kashmir through the prism of Pakistan and India and asked for addressing it in its historical perspective. He said that because of unresolved Kashmir dispute, the future of entire South Asian region was at stake. He said that both India and Pakistan were nuclear powers and the lingering Kashmir dispute continued to be a bone of contention between them. The two countries, he added, had fought three wars over Kashmir in the past.

The veteran leader said that the presence of the UN Office in Jammu and Kashmir was the proof of the fact that the future of the territory was to be ascertained. He called upon the world community, particularly the US President, Barrack Obama, to shun their double standards on Kashmir and asked them if plebiscite could be held in Southern Sudan, Scotland, East Timor and other areas, they why not in Jammu and Kashmir to ascertain the will of the Kashmiri people about their future.

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