Mediation on Kashmir

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PAKISTAN said Friday it would welcome United States’ facilitation in the resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.

The very remarks made by Foreign Office Spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch at a weekly news briefing on Friday came in the wake of our Ambassador to US Masood Khan’s recent statement, wherein he hinted at America’s possible mediation for the Kashmir dispute’s resolution.

The fact of the matter is that Pakistan has always encouraged the international community to come forward and play its role in resolving the longstanding dispute of Jammu and Kashmir which is the key hurdle in normalization of relations between the two nuclear armed states.

Whenever the offer of mediation was made either by the United States or the United Nations, Pakistan has always openly welcomed it.

But it is unfortunate that the other side whilst sticking to its intransigence and negativity has always rejected such offers under the pretext it is the internal matter of India, which is in fact not so, as Kashmir is an internationally recognized dispute and the very resolutions of the United Nations Security Council accept the right of self-determination of Kashmiri people.

The current situation in the Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir is really very alarming as the occupying authorities are using ever tactic to change the demography of the disputed territory in contravention of the international laws.

The very tactics being employed by the Indian authorities are no different from that of being perpetuated by Israel in the Palestinian territories.

The unsettled Kashmir dispute poses a serious risk to the peace and security of the region.

Hence, it is important for major capitals, especially Washington to use its influence on New Delhi to stop human rights violations in the occupied territory and move towards the resolution of this dispute.

Though nothing good can be expected from Modi Administration but moving towards the settlement of this dispute will open many opportunities of cooperation between the two neighbours which will be beneficial for the peoples of both the countries.