Srinagar: The Democratic Freedom Party chairman Shabir Ahmad Shah Wednesday said only “sincerity” was required to resolve all the issues of the world including the Kashmir issue.
“There is a dire need of taking such initiative of sincerely resolving all the outstanding disputes of the world,” Shah said in a statement.
He said the United Nations and US have a vital role to play in resolving the outstanding disputes of the world like Kashmir. “Kashmir has become a nuclear flashpoint and its lingering poses a serious threat to the establishment of peace in the South Asia which ultimately affects all the initiatives aimed at ensuring global peace,” Shah said.
He urged the Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharrif to raise Kashmir issue with US President Barack Obama during his upcoming meet with the latter.
“I hope both the leaders will discuss the Kashmir issue and deliberate upon taking initiatives to bring peace in the South West Asia,” he said.
Shah said: “We’re hopeful that Nawaz Sharrif will also raise issue of unabated killings and human rights violations taking place in Kashmir, with the US President. I want to remind both leaders that Kashmir is the only oldest issue awaiting resolution in the United Nations. It’s tragic that nations like Croatia, East Timor and South Sudan achieved independence after a very brief struggle but Jammu and Kashmir where more than 5 lakh people have died due to oppression unleashed by the Indian occupational forces, is ignored. This is why the European Union during its Kashmir visit termed the valley as a ‘beautiful prison’.”
Hailing Pak PM Nawaz Sharrif for his “endeavours towards resolving the Kashmir issue”, Shah said: “We’re hopeful that Pak PM will remind Obama of his promise of playing a vital role in resolving the Kashmir dispute when he was about to take chair as a President of the United States.”
He also thanked the Pakistani political, social, religious and military leadership for their “role in highlighting the cause of Kashmir at global forums”.