India should hold plebiscite in Kashmir-Farooq Rehmani
Islamabad(PR) 19, Oct, 2012:The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir People’s Freedom League has urged on the United Nations to refocus on the resolution of Kashmir and the grim political and economic picture of the turbulent region, which has the potential to jeopardize regional peace any time despite India’s intrigues to shift it into background.
The UNO should urge India to take a leaf from the peace and autonomy agreements of Nigeria, Scotland and Philippine to give people their right to self-determination, plebiscite and freedom on the basis of live and let live principle. He said if UK was ready to hold referendum in Scotland after 300 years in the final quarter of, 2014, despite Prime Minister David Cameron’s earlier opposition to the idea; now the same Cameron offering Scots a straight yes-no question on leaving the United Kingdom declares, “This is an important day for our United Kingdom, but you can’t hold a country in the United Kingdom against the will of its people.”
India should follow suit, hold plebiscite in the State, make a difference and win applause from the Kashmiris, he urged. Muhammad Farooq Rehmani said that India was trying to take benefit out of the current regional and international situation, taking every tyrannical measure to change the demographic aspect of the State, which was densely populated by Muslims. The Amarnath shrine cave road project in Pahalgam brazenly violated the principle of secularism in the area. India wanted to construct the road for the non-state Hindus for the first time in its occupational and colonial history of Jammu and Kashmir, in order to ultimately build a city in the name of the Amarnath Shrine around the proposed metaled road.
He said, “India by Implementing its cave city project around Amarnath cave would be responsible for complicating the already a thorny issue, which the Kashmiris will never accept and the peaceful dialogue to settle the issue will go into doldrums. Kashmiris would always frustrate such nefarious designs of Indian rulers.” Muhammad Farooq Rehmani urged all sections of the society to raise their voice against India’s game-plan in Jammu and Kashmir.
Muhammad Farooq Rehmani stated that all efforts to settle the issue failed in the past due to India’s backtracking and backsliding. In 1948 and 1949, first India accepted the UNCIP resolutions, but later non-cooperated with the UN commission and also with the UN enyos: Sir owen Dixon and DR Frank P Grahm, making irrational demands that its armed forces be allowed to remain in control in the valley; and should administer the Valley while Pakistan should have no access to the plebiscite area. On the other hand Sir Owen Dixon the UN envoy had emphasized upon some specific measures for holding of a free and impartial plebiscite that included a temporary administrative control of the UN officials, power to exclude troops of every description, except those which it would require from India and Pakistan. At the same time India and Pakistan were assured of equality in any right granted to lay their views before the people of Kashmir.
Muhammad Farooq Rehmani said that from every discussion, debate and resolution it emerged that demilitarization of the State was the first prerequisite of peace and peaceful way of resolving the dispute of Kashmir between India, Pakistan and the Kashmiris. The Security Council in spite of many hurdles in the way of its demilitarization plan never thought of any other method akin to the aspirations of the Kashmiris. “The ideal and principled concept has no alternative but every other option can be discussed, provided India gives up its hard line of militarizing Kashmir for the sake of perpetuating her forcible, illegal, unjust and undemocratic hold on Jammu and Kashmir,” he remarked.