The first-ever comprehensive United Nations report on Kashmir, brings the core conflict to the forefront of international agenda, Executive Director International Kashmir Lobby Group (Youth Forum For Kashmir) Ahmed Quraishi said.’
This is most important development since the Security Council passed the first resolution on a referendum in Kashmir more than a half-century ago,’ he said in a statement.
Quraishi said the United Nations has indicated that Kashmir Conflict started in 1947, contradicting India’s argument that the conflict began in 1989 when some Kashmiris launched a struggle for freedom.
‘The top UN rights official referred to the suffering of Kashmiris for seven decades. This is significant. It shows the UN has underlined that Kashmir is a seven-decades-old conflict,’ Quraishi said.
The UN report and the recommendation to form a Commission of Inquiry indicate a possible international intervention in Kashmir at some point in future, says Quraishi, adding, ‘Dealing with this possibility requires diplomatic skill and understanding by Pakistan, India and Kashmiris.
‘The UN report has achieved two things,’ says Sardar Amjad Yousaf Khan, Executive Director of Kashmir Institute of International Relations-KIIR.
‘The first achievement is taking Kashmir to the top of the international agenda,’ Amjad said, adding, ‘The second achievement is reaffirming right of Kashmiris to decide their future.’
Major international rights organizations this week criticized India at the Human Rights Council and advised New Delhi to implement the recommendations of the UN report. Sardar Amjad believes Pakistani media and diplomacy will have to rise to the challenge of building on the latest international breakthrough on Kashmir, said a press release.
Another challenge for Kashmiris and for Pakistan is to recognize that the international community has ended its silence on Kashmir, and that the UN deserves credit for this.
‘Kashmir now truly tops the international agenda,’ says Altaf Hussein Wani, leader of the Kashmir Delegation to the 38th session of UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva.—APP