Foreign Ministers of Pakistan and India should underscore Kashmir-Farooq Rehmani
Islamabad, 07 September, 2012. The Chairman Jammu and Kashmir People’s Freedom League, Muhammad Farooq Rehmani, has urged Pakistan and India to take stock of the unrest in Kashmir caused by draconian laws, tyranny, and threats to the demographic and cultural character of the State. He said India had deprived the people of their basic human rights and democratic rights, in order to crush the 65 year old demand for plebiscite under the united nation’s auspices. The plebiscite as promised by then leadership of India and recognized by the UNCIP in 1949, was delayed and sabotaged by India herself; jeopardizing peace in the region and forcing the inhabitants of Kashmir to articulate their grievances against it. The regime resorted to brute force and suppression of civil liberties. Since then there was anger and turmoil in the peaceful society, and Indian army and police were fomenting the trouble by their continued presence and repressive measures. The plight of the population was unendurable politically and morally.
Muhammad Farooq Rehmani said no bilateral talks could deliver goods, unless the repression and army’s role in political matters ended in Kashmir. He pointed out that from the LOC to the metropolitan areas a citizen’s honour was threatened by the intelligence agencies of the regime, and Still India believed Kashmir to be its integral part. He said India should be urged to undo its policy of suppression and repression in Kashmir.
Muhammad Farooq Rehmani hoped that the Foreign Minister of Pakistan Hina Rabbani Khar and SM Krishna, the External Affairs Minister of India, would look back to genesis of their differences, address plight of the Kashmiris, and not shirk their responsibilities in the larger interests of the suffering humanity of Jammu and Kashmir. They should look beyond the interests of tycoons and bring all the people under an umbrella of equal justice.