Manmohan Singh's remarks on Kashmir condemned
30 September, 2013
Srinagar: In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyet leader and the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Political Movement (DPM), Firdous Ahmad Shah, has said that the people of Kashmir are yet to get their inalienable right to self-determination despite the passage of over six decades.
Firdous Ahmad Shah in a statement issued in Srinagar, castigated the recent avowal of Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, in New York that Kashmir was inseparable part of India.
He reminded Manmohan Singh that it was the first Indian Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, who had taken the Kashmir dispute to the UN Security Council. He said that India had occupied Jammu and Kashmir against the will of Kashmiri people and was trying to suppress their liberation movement through use of brute force.
The Patron of Jammu and Kashmir Mass Movement (JKMM), Farida Behenji, in a statement in Srinagar, rejecting Manmohan's assertion, said that the UN should implement its resolutions on Kashmir. She said that New Delhi was not serious in resolving the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the Kashmiris' aspirations, endangering peace of the entire region.
Senior Vice Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement (JKPM), Mir Shahid Saleem, in a statement issued in Jammu took strong exception to Manmohan Singh's remarks.
He said that it was very unfortunate that Manmohan Singh had once again adopted an unrealistic and rigid approach towards Jammu and Kashmir by describing it as an integral part of India. He said Jammu and Kashmir has never been a part of the India in the history and Kashmiris have never accepted the New Dehli's rule in Kashmir since 1947.
Meanwhile, the spokesman of AJK Chapter of the veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani's forum, Advocate Pervez Ahmad Shah in his statement in Islamabad said that India didn't want durable peace in South Asia by prolonging the Kashmir dispute.
He condemned the assertion of Manmohan Singh and said Jammu and Kashmir was an internationally-recognised disputed territory. He appealed to the world community to play its role in settling the lingering dispute by implementing the relevant UN resolutions.