Kashmir settlement lies in UN resolutions: HCBA IOK

Srinagar—The High Court Bar Association (HCBA) has said that the settlement of Kashmir dispute is possible through implementation of the resolutions of the UN Security Council.
The HCBA spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar said that suppressing voice of Kashmiri people by Indian through the use of military might was by no means a solution to the long pending dispute.
He said that the Shimla agreement signed by the Prime Ministers of Pakistan and India on July 2, 1972, which is often referred to by India, was binding upon the two countries.
He said that the agreement also showed that the principles and purpose of the charter of United Nations shall govern the relations between the two countries, which in other words meant that the resolution passed by the UN Security Council on Kashmir were binding upon them.
The spokesman said it feels that reference to settle their differences in peaceful means through bilateral negotiations or by any other peaceful means mutually agreed upon by them is not also applicable to Kashmir because Kashmir is internationally accepted dispute and not a bilateral issue between the two countries which can be resolved trough bilateral negotiations. “If it were not so then in Shimla agreement itself, it would not have been stated that in Jammu and Kashmir the LoC, resulting from the ceasefire on December 17, 1971, shall be respected by both sides without prejudice to the recognized position of either side,” the spokesman said.
The Bar Association also maintained that struggle for freedom of people of Kashmir was an indigenous one and Kashmir in no way was internal matter of India. “If it were so, then the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan would not have continued to be stationed on both sides of LoC and the UN in its resolution dated 13 August 1948.—KMS

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