Srinagar: Secretary General of the World Kashmir Awareness Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai, known for advocating the Kashmiri freedom cause in US and internationally, has said that if India grants right to self determination to Kashmiris, it can utilise its military in fighting secession in northeast and elsewhere.
Kashmiri resistance leadership has traditionally been supportive of secessionist movements in Punjab and a few regions in northeast.
“Kashmir self-determination would eliminate the chief cause of India’s national security vulnerability. War with Pakistan would become fanciful and its military and paramilitary forces in Kashmir could be redeployed to the northeast or elsewhere to confront local secession,” Fai said in a statement issued to press.
Known for his pro-Pakistan tilt, Fai asserted that independent Kashmir would not create a “cascading dismembering” of India as its legal history was unique.
Fai stated that self-determination in East Timor, Eritrea, and Czechoslovakia did not occasion a spiraling disintegration of Indonesia, Ethiopia, or the Czech and Slovak republics.
“Some experts’ say India will never budge from its intransigence over Kashmir, until it perceives that its national and economic security would be strengthened, not weakened, by acceding to self-determination. That task of persuasion is no fool’s errand,” Fai said
He said that an independent Kashmir would not create “military or terrorist vulnerabilities for India,” adding, Kashmir’s constitution might contain a no-war clause as in Article 9 of the Japanese constitution.
“It might prohibit a Kashmiri army, as in Costa Rica. It could prohibit any foreign military bases or alliances, i.e., insist on permanent neutrality, as in the 1955 Austrian State Treaty,” Fai said.
“It could require Kashmir’s adherence to all international counter-terrorism conventions, including a corresponding extradition treaty with both India and Pakistan. These safeguards would make India more, not less secure from Kashmir dangers,” he claimed. Read full article