Taking Kashmir to ICJ not feasible, says Chief Justice of India

Taking Kashmir to ICJ not feasible, says Chief Justice of India

SRINAGAR: Chief Justice of India, T S Thakur, on Tuesday opposed the idea of India seeking arbitration of Kashmir dispute with Pakistan at the international court of Justice [ICJ], Governance Now reported.
The CJI Thakur made these remarks during a launch of Aman H Hingorani’s book “Unravelling the Kashmir knot” published by Sage Publications in Delhi on Monday.
Justice Thakur said that at the moment, Kashmir issue seems beyond solution.
“Advocate Hingorani’s books explores the legal and constitutional backdrop of the Kashmir dispute and also concludes that India should go to the ICJ against Pakistan and China for reclaiming its territory,” the report said.
Justice Thakur, who hails from the Jammu and Kashmir, however, said that had this [going to ICJ] been a viable solution, the government would have opted for it long ago, it said. Justice Thakur said at present turmoil in Kashmir is rooted in an ideology that Hindus and Muslims cannot live together.
“This thought process had led to the partition, but Kashmiris had out rightly rejected it then,” the report quoted Justice Thakur as saying.
“Kashmir had become a much divided society – people of Jammu wanted abrogation of Article 370 and total integration with India; those of Ladakh want their territory to become a union territory due to their mistrust about Kashmir’s hegemony, the people of Kashmir are yearning for independence, while the Hindus of Kashmir who have been hounded out of the Valley want to have a homeland in there.”
This all, he said, makes Kashmir a much divided house and therefore the solution to it was not easy. “I don’t see any immediate solution to this.”
However, he said the only aspect of the problem that could be worked on was the changed aspirations of the people of Kashmir.
“The only way to make people of Kashmir Valley change their way is to shower them with love,” he said.

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