Int’l community needs to focus on Kashmir issue: Kasuri

Salim Ahmed

Lahore—Former Foreign Minister of Pakistan Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri has said international community is deaf, dumb and cruel and we must not pin high hopes on international community since it resolves only those issues in which it is interested.
‘We should keep appealing international community and make effective diplomatic efforts for resolution of Kashmir issue,’ he said while addressing a seminar on ‘Pakistan-India Relations and the Kashmir Dispute’ organized by Punjab University’s Pakistan Study Centre at Al Raazi Hall here on Tuesday.
PU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran, Professor Emeritus Dr Hassan Askari Rizvi, Prof Dr Piotr Balcerowicz from Warsaw, Poland, Former Ambassador Javaid Hussain, Director Pakistan Study Centre Prof Dr Massarrat Abid, Journalist from Indian occupied Kashmir Mr Murtaza Shibli, faculty members and a large number of students were present on the occasion.
Addressing the seminar, Mr. Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri was of the view that Indian media is obsessed with enmity of Pakistan and between two countries, nine war or near-war situations have erupted historically. He said that Pakistan could not ignore Kashmir at any cost because of social, cultural affinities. He further said that Pakistan did not change its principled stance on Kashmir. He said that Kashmiris did not want to be part of India and without the resolution of this dispute; peace and friendship would not be possible. He also suggested that institutional decision making would help the government build consensus at the national level and present Pakistani and Kashmiris case at the international level on equal footing. He rejected that notion of Pakistan’s isolation at international level referring to stance of Russia and China on Uri attack. He said that after nuclearization of South Asia, war is not a viable option to resolve the problem, so both India and Pakistan should use proactive diplomacy, carve out a framework to provide an acceptable resolution. PU Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Mujahid Kamran, in his address stressed the need for vibrant diplomacy to assert Pakistan’s principle stand on Kashmir. He mentioned that Indian government had allocated $300 million to sabotage CPEC and to create instability in Pakistan. He said India had aimed at spreading terrorism, malign Pakistani security forces and buying politicians and media persons. He said that Premier Modi was denied US visa since the United States had got evidence of his involvement in killings of Muslims in Gujrat. Prof. Dr. Hasan Askari Rizvi highlighted various dimensions of the Kashmir problem that are relevant to international politics.

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