Prof Bhat asks mainstream, separatist leaders to join heads for K-resolution

  • State, Published on: Friday 11th November 16 - 8:23pm

Srinagar: Former Hurriyat chairman and president of Muslim Conference, Prof Abdul Gani Bhat on Friday said that all mainstream and separatist parties should join heads to pressurize India and Pakistan to resolve Kashmir issue.
While speaking at inaugural function of his book “Beyond Me” at his Wazir Bagh residence, Prof Bhat according to Global Kashmir correspondent said that historical Lal Chowk should be renamed as Istiqlal Chowk as it has witnessed promises and patience made to the people of Kashmir.
Bhat said that India and Pakistan will have to address collective soul of Kashmiris and not the sources of livelihood.
Stressing Indian and Pakistan to devise a mechanism for result oriented talks in respect to the resolution of Kashmir issue, he said that the lingering Kashmir issue has been the main cause of tension and instability in the South Asian region and has led to armed conflicts between India and Pakistan in past causing enormous problems for the smooth and peaceful development of this region.
Saying that we remember the promise made by Jawahar Lal Nehru of plebiscite which he made amid the roar of gun and noise of claims of democracy, Prof Bhat said people of Kashmir are very sharp than many people around in Sub Continent, have always maintained that if India and Pakistan leadership move towards a meaningful dialogue to solve Kashmir, we (Kashmiris) would support such a process provided both the countries take into account the aspirations and emotions of Kashmiris.
Prof Bhat also suggested to the heads of the political parties in Kashmir to jointly pass a resolution appealing India and Pakistan to initiate a peaceful and result oriented dialogue viz-a-viz Kashmir issue.
“All mainstream and political party leaders have to join heads and pressurize India and Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir issue through dialogue,” he said.
He said people of Kashmir have always been in favor of the resolution of Kashmir issue by peaceful means and through a result oriented dialogue.
Prof Bhat said that by relegating Kashmir issue to backburner, the entire South Asia would get plunged into instability and insecurity, adding, a small spark can stoke fires in the entire region.
He said by exhibiting political courage, both the countries would secure the bright future of the people living in South Asia.
Besides a galaxy of Intellectuals, Journalists, several Muslim Conference leaders and activists were present on the occasion.
“My book ‘Beyond Me’ is a confession of things which I couldn’t do but were doable. It is about the events upto 1986. In next book I will talk about the current situation,” he said.
"We remember the promise made by Indian Prime Minister, Jawahar Lal Nehru of plebiscite which he made amid the roar of gun and noise of claims of democracy in Lal Chowk."
He said people of Kashmir were very sharp than many people around in the sub-continent.
"We have always maintained that if India and Pakistan leadership move towards a meaningful dialogue to solve Kashmir, we (Kashmiris) would support such a process provided both the countries take into account the aspirations and emotions of Kashmiris," said Prof Bhat.
He said people of Kashmir have always been in favor of the resolution of Kashmir issue by peaceful means and through a result-oriented dialogue.
By relegating the Kashmir issue to backburner, the entire South Asia would get plunged into instability and insecurity, he added.
"A small spark can stoke fires in the entire region. By exhibiting political courage, both the countries would secure the bright future of the people living in South Asia."
He said that people of Kashmir are well wishers of India, Pakistan and entire South Asia. “Both India and Pakistan are nuclear powers. They cannot go for war. But to end the all dangers that would lead to permanent peace in entire south Asia, the dialogue process must be initiated. We will show the both countries the way to move forward,” he said.
His book “Beyond me” was released by former principal professor M Muzaffar War.