UN must take active role in promoting Kashmir settlement: Dr. Fai

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UNITED NATIOINS, Mar 26 (APP):A prominent Kashmiri leader has called on the United Nations to play an active role in facilitating a dialogue between all the parties to the dispute — India, Pakistan and Kashmiri leadership — aimed at promoting a peaceful settlement of the decades-old dispute.

“Any attempt to strike a deal between two without the association of the third, will fail to yield a credible settlement,” Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai, secretary-general of the Washington-based Kashmir Awareness Forum warned in a speech at the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization” of the International Islamic University in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, according to a message received in New York.

Dr. Fai said that the root cause of Kashmir’s raging strife and turbulence was the denial of UN-pledged self-determination. Acceding to self-determination is the answer to Kashmir’s agony, he said, adding that its acceptance would also relieve India of the multiple national security and economic adversities and eliminate the main source of India’s national security vulnerability.

Kashmiri self-determination would not create a cascading dismembering of India, Dr. Fai said.
Continuing tensions between India and Pakistan make Kashmir the foremost nuclear hotspot on the planet, he said. As such the United Nations and every nation should have self-preservation interests and push for a permanent settlement of Kashmir dispute that honours human rights and international law.

“The resources of the two countries should be redirected from bombs to books, from submarines to schools, from missiles to medicines, from frigates to food, from runways for bombers to roads for people,” he said, while speaking of the benefits that will accrue from a peaceful resolution of the dispute.

“No insurmountable obstacle prevents Narendra Modi and Imran Khan from reconciling and boosting prosperity by addressing the root cause of the tensions – Kashmir dispute,” Dr. Fai added.
The people of Kashmir, he said, were not asking military intervention from the world powers, nor seeking economic sanctions against India. “They are asking only that the United Nations and the United States to reproach or condemn India for its appalling human rights record in Kashmir as part of a campaign of moral suasion and transparency in the disputed territory,” he said. “That was an effective instrument of United States policy in ending apartheid in South Africa, and they see no reason to believe it would be less influential in prodding India to end its human rights villainies in Kashmir.”