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CBMs are means not an end: PaK Prez

Srinagar, September 30, 2007:

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Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) President Raja Zulqarnain has said that the confidence building measures (CBMs) between India and Pakistan are a means to solve the 60-year-old Kashmir dispute not an end to it.

“Numerous CBMs including the bus service and free movement across the border has raised our hope. However, a just and fair settlement for the people of Kashmir is yet to be materialise into any relief action for the effected people,” Zulqarnain said addressing a gathering in Washington DC at a programme organised by Ghulam Nabi Fai, Executive Director of the Kashmiri American Council (Kashmir Center).

The programme was attended by the prominent journalists and Kashmiri American leadership of Pakistan administered Kashmir, living in the Washington metropolitan area.

Zulqarnain spoke about the impact of peace process in South Asia on the situation in Indian administered Kashmir.

“Pakistan has been very accommodative and flexible but I see no flexibility in India’s attitude,” he complained. “Unless India reciprocates, I do not see the peace process going anywhere.”

He reiterated that the Kashmir movement was neither secessionist nor annexation.

“It is not a territorial dispute. It is simply a question of fundamental human rights of 14 million people of Kashmir whose rights were guaranteed under the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council,” Zulqarnain said.

Speaking on the occasion, Ghulam Nabi Fai gave example of the latest survey conducted jointly by CNN, NDTV, Hindustan Times, The News and the Dawn saying that 87 per cent people of Kashmir want freedom from India.

“Demanding freedom means that the people of Kashmir rule out ceasefire line becoming an international border,” he said.

Fai said that the Line of Control was the line of conflict and any notion that it could become an international border was an absolute fallacy.

Fai emphasised that no confidence building measure is an end by itself. “Such measures have to be accompanied by tangible efforts to be taken by the government of India to resolve the dispute. That may include steps like gradual demilitarisation and release of political prisoners,” he said.

Fai informed that though Indian troops commit human rights violations even in major cities, the worst atrocities are committed in far-flung rural areas. “Such atrocities unfortunately go unnoticed by the media,” he said.

The Executive Director Kashmir Centre expressed disbelief over the fact that some people come up with “astonishing notion of autonomy within the Indian constitution to be given to the people of Kashmir”.

"That is an absolute non-solution. Here you are relaying on the provision of the Constitution of India. All the constitutions of the world are subject to amendments and Indian Constitution is no exception. If not today, if not tomorrow, the Indian Parliament will delete the provision of autonomy from its constitution and it may not even need a discussion,” he added. feedback@kashmirnewz.com

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