Plebiscite is Kashmir dispute solution pivot: Shaheen Alvi

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Kashmiri Muslims display slogans against alleged killing of civilians by government forces during a protest in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Friday, Aug. 19, 2016. Curfew and protests have continued across the valley amidst outrage over the killing of a top rebel leader by Indian troops in early July, 2016. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

Staff Reporter

Islamabad

Secretary General of Kashmir Peace Institute Syed Hameed Shaheen Alvi has recalled in his statement Wednesday that plebiscite is the pivot for the final solution of the dispute of Jammu and Kashmir. Replying questions from members of young minds of Kashmir here he said that it was Jawaharlal Nehru who had proposed plebiscite as way of solving Kashmir dispute.
He referred to a telegram Pandit Nehru had sent to Prime Minister of Pakistan Khan Liaquat Ali Khan on December 12, 1947, following a lengthy discussion between Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and Lord Mountbatten that had taken place in Lahore on October 31, 1947, at the invitation of the former. Lord Ismay too had participated in that exclusive Kashmir related talks in which the Quaid had proposed to Lord Mountbatten to visit together Srinagar. Their presence would help solve the Kashmir issue which was burning at that very moment when Kashmir liberators were waging liberation struggle. Mountbatten had expressed his inability as according to him he had no such mandate from his Delhi government whose Governor he was then.
Pandit Nehru’s telegram to Liaquat Ali Khan is as follows: “ We have given further thought in the light of our discussion in Lahore to the question of inviting UN to advise us in this matter. While we are pr epared to invite UNO observers to come here and advise us as to proposed plebiscite, it is not clear in what other capacity the UN help can be sought…..
“….I confess, however, that I am find myself unable to suggest anything beyond what I have offered already, namely, to ask UNO to send impartial observers to advise us regarding the plebiscite.”
Secretary General Kashmir Peace Institute has said that India may deviate from its own suggested [in 1947] way of solving Kashmir dispute, it cannot bypass the peace barriers without fair, honest and Kashmiris aspirational settlement of it.
He briefed them that Kashmir Peace Institute was set up by Founder of Nazriya Pakistan Council and Editor-in-Chief of Pakistan Observer late Zahid Malik who had devotional life for cause of Kashmir.