Kashmir resolution vital for durable peace in South Asia

Srinagar, February 27, 2021 (PPI-OT): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Hurriyat leaders and organizations have said that permanent peace in South Asia is not possible without a just settlement of the Kashmir dispute. They welcomed the announcement made by Pakistan and India to strictly observe all agreements, understandings and cease firing along the Line of Control and all other sectors.

APHC leader and the Chairperson of Muslim Khawateen Markaz, Yasmeen Raja, in a statement in Srinagar while welcoming the announcement by Pakistan and India regarding the ceasefire said, this initiative will bring peace to the people living in the areas along the LoC. She maintained that peace in the region is linked with the settlement of the Kashmir dispute. She deplored that India has been impeding the way for just solution of the dispute for the last over 7 decades. She urged New Delhi to give up its intransigence and settle the dispute peacefully as per the UN resolutions and aspirations of the Kashmiri people. She also called upon the Indian government to release all illegally detained Kashmiris including Hurriyat leaders and activists.

The spokesman of Tehreek-e-Wahdat-e-Islami in a statement in Srinagar said the Kashmir dispute is the main cause of tension between Pakistan and India and without its settlement the dream of lasting peace and development in the region cannot be realized. He said the lives of civilians living near the LoC in Azad Jammu and Kashmir have become miserable due to unprovoked shelling by Indian troops.

He said hundreds of citizens of Azad Kashmir have been martyred and maimed due to Indian firing and shelling so far. The spokesperson said that the recent progress between the two countries in ensuring a ceasefire on the LoC was a very welcome development but the resolution of the Kashmir dispute was essential for lasting peace and development in the region.

The Vice Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Pir Panjal Freedom Movement Qazi Imran in a statement issued in Islamabad said the announcement by Pakistan and India to ensure ceasefire on the LoC is a welcome development. He said by implementing this agreement in letter and spirit, precious lives of Kashmiri people living along the LoC can be saved. Qazi Imran said the people of Jammu and Kashmir are facing immense hardships due to the ongoing tension between the two countries. He said the Kashmir dispute can only be resolved through dialogue and international bodies, including the United Nations, must play an effective role in this regard.

Meanwhile, the announcement by Pakistan and India to strictly observe all agreements on ceasefire along the LoC and other sectors has rekindled hope for a peaceful future among border residents in Jammu and Kashmir who have been living under constant fear of firing and shelling.

“We are joyous over the news of a fresh agreement between the two countries to observe complete ceasefire along the LoC. It has rekindled hope among us,” a said Mohammad Isha’aq, a resident of Kalal area of Rajouri district in IIOJK.

Kiran Kumar, a Kathua District Development Council (DDC) member, said it is a happy news for border residents. “It has given a new lease of life to us. We were living in constant fear of being hit,” said Laldin Khatana, the headman of Churnada village in Uri area of IIOJK.

On the other hand, an analytical report released by the Research Section of Kashmir Media Service, today, maintained that Kashmir has become a flashpoint and it is high time for the UN and the big powers to act for its resolution. It said peace in South Asia in particular and the world in general is at risk due to India’s intransigence on the Kashmir dispute. “The world community, particularly the United Nations, must fulfill its responsibilities and play role in the settlement of the lingering Kashmir dispute as per the UN resolutions. India must be clearly told to fulfill its pledges made before the UN to resolve the Kashmir dispute,” it added.

The report said, Modi-led Indian regime can’t suppress the Kashmiris’ struggle to secure their inalienable right to self-determination and it must remember that its policy of repression is bound to fail in IIOJK. It said, the Kashmiris have the right to seek the resolution of the Kashmir dispute as per their wishes and aspirations.

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