Srinagar: Various pro-freedom groups on both sides of the Line of Control will observe the right to self-determination day on Monday, January 5. It was on January 5 in 1949 when the UN Security Council passed a resolution supporting the Kashmiris’ right to decide their future by themselves.
Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq while terming the “callousness and inaction of UN” towards solving the Kashmir issue as an “intentional effort to overlook the sufferings of Kashmiris” said the global community should realize that Kashmir has become a nuclear flash point that could explode anytime and lead to devastation of South Asia.
He said that 66 years have passed since UN adopted the resolutions and recognized Kashmir as a disputed territory. “UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and other global leadership must know that it is due to lingering Kashmir dispute that two nuclear armed countries, India and Pakistan, have fought several wars,” Mirwaiz said in a statement.
He said due to escalation of tensions on the Line of Control, innocent Kashmiris were becoming victims of violence on both sides of the disputed line.
“It is highly unfortunate and a matter of concern that the world body was unable to implement its resolutions. In the same time period new countries like East Timor and South Sudan came into existence over the world map, besides Britain held a referendum in Scotland thereby giving right to Scottish people to decide their political future,” he added.
Meanwhile, both factions of the Hurriyat Conference are organising seminars on January 5 in connection with the UN resolutions on Kashmir.
A Hurriyat (M) spokesman said a seminar titled “UN resolutions and Kashmir’s right to self-determination,” will commence at 11 am at the party headquarters at Rajbagh.
Hurriyat (G) is also organizing a seminar on January 5 to discuss the relevance of the resolutions over Kashmir.
Meanwhile, National Front Chairman and Hurriyat (JK) leader Nayeem Ahmad Khan termed the UN resolutions as the legal basis of Kashmiris struggle.
Khan said that in order to grab the attention of the international organizations like the UN it was of utter importance for Kashmiris to stand firm.
Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Movement Chairman, Zaffer Akbar Bhat also termed the UN resolution as legal basis for Kashmir conflict.
In a statement, Bhat said that it was imperative that for the peaceful resolution of Kashmir issue the resolutions must be implemented in the state.
Bhat urged the pro-freedom leadership including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Mohammad Yasin Malik and Shabir Ahmad Shah to unite under the 1993 constitution of Hurriyat Conference.
Muslim Deeni Mahaz said the resolutions of Kashmir validate that Kashmir was a dispute.
In a statement, party chief organizer Bilal Farooq Kakapuri said the resolutions provide the “the “biggest proof and evidence” about Kashmir’s international status.
“Through these resolutions, the UN guaranteed the people of Jammu and Kashmir the right of self-determination to decide wither to go with India or Pakistan. The Indian leadership at that time accepted these resolutions and it the moral duty of present Indian leadership to fulfill the promise,” he added.