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l September 03 l

The Kashmir Bachao Andolan Publication

l Vol 2, No 5 l

S P O T L I G H T 

"PAK wants our land, not the Kashmiris"

Special Report


Excerpts From The Text Of The Report On The Study Tour Of Beersmans Paul, President Of The “Belgian Association For Solidarity With Jammu And Kashmir” To India And The Indian State Of Jammu And Kashmir.

 

On October 2002 Elections: Kashmiris are convinced the last elections were fair and free. They are happy with the change of government that took place. Now the politicians listen to the demands of the people and pay attention to the basic needs of the Kashmiris. The healing touch policy is being implemented: innocent prisoners are being released, new jobs are created, corruption will be tackled with, there is improvement of the electric power and water supply, education is being improved, etc. Although the new government is only eight months in power one can already feel the difference.

 

On Hurriyat Conference: All Parties Hurriyat Conference is divided between the hard-liners who want to merge with Pakistan and the more compromising leaders who are prepared to accept other solutions. Its members are playing a double game: on the one hand they pretend to be democrats and on the other hand they support the violence. This organisation doesn’t have much support from the population because its stand is too communal, fundamentalist and extremist: no support at all in Jammu and Ladakh and only some support in the Valley. The support in the Valley even diminished after the murder, by fundamentalists, of the more or less moderate People’s Conference leader Abdul Gani Lone.

 

Meeting with N N Vohra: I am a bureaucrat and officially appointed by the Government of India. My mission is to find out the state of ply, the mood, the complaints, the grievances, the expectations, the aspirations, the wishes of people of all walks all over J&K State. So, I am dealing with the internal situation of the State and everyone is welcome to meet me and to express his views. At the same time a process on the diplomatic level is on between India and Pakistan. A solution will come at a subsequent stage and all elements and segments of the people of J&K have to be satisfied.

 

We must go forward, we must move, the suffering must stop. All political leaders have a responsibility towards their countryman. Also the secessionists have the moral duty to find a peaceful solution. How long this process will take is difficult to say. It is not important to put a deadline. The most important is to get nearer to a solution, especially a solution for the internal problems.

 

There is still cross-border terrorism and many foreign mercenaries are operating in J&K State. Whatever is the point, these mercenaries are coming through Pakistan where they receive logistic support, training, equipment, … This is not only a threat to India but also to the entire international community. We have to take terrorism seriously all over the world.

 

There is a terrible responsibility resting on our shoulders and we have to find a solution. We can’t escape our future and too many people suffered. Those who dare come out with a voice of moderation face a certain death. This has to change.

 

Meeting with Ajay Chrungoo, Chairman, Panun Kashmir: The Kashmir dispute is based on the confronting position of India and Pakistan. For India J&K is an integral part of the Indian Union because the Maharaja acceded to India and for Pakistan J&K belongs to them because the majority of the population is Muslim and Pakistan is specially created for the Muslims of the Sub-Continent as they consider themselves to be a separate nation. If India would recognise this position of Pakistan, than the Muslims within India should also go to Pakistan. So, the position of Pakistan is nonsense. It proves that Pakistan is only interested in the territory of J&K and not in the population. Pakistan is using the religious aspect in order to create the dispute but is certainly not willing to accommodate the 150 million Muslims living in India.

 

The Kashmiri Pandits are in a very bad position:

 

- there are no signs from the Government of India that they want at any point of time address the genocide war which was unleashed on the Hindus in the Valley and which now has spelt over to Jammu Province;
- we don’t see any government, be it from India or from J&K State, policy which is aimed at countering the demographic change in J&K (encirclement of Hindu-pockets by Muslims), and
- after the emergence of the government of Mufti Sayeed the dilution of Indian sovereignty over J&K State has been strengthened.

Notwithstanding the fact that the future of the Pandits is very dark the Pandits maintain the visibility of their issue. They continuously talk about the basic issues that need to be addressed. They are holding on and they want to create a set-up that is not dominated by the principle of Muslim politics. If the Kashmir issue is solved there still will be no peace between India and Pakistan because there is another hidden agenda dictating the course of history.

 

Conclusions:

  • Pakistan is openly exposed as being the force, the origin and the instigator of the militancy and accused of being primarily responsible for the whole disaster in Jammu and Kashmir. The Kashmiris are against the interference of Pakistan and the foreign terrorists because they are destroying their culture. Pakistan should stop cross-border terrorism and cross-border infiltration, stop sending money, ammunition and weapons and stop giving training

  • Kashmiris in general are happy with the democratically elected government. Mufti Sayeed and his ministers are working hard to meet their aspirations and expectations to fulfil the commitments they made: implementing the healing touch policy, fighting corruption, abolishing abuses of power, reviving the economy and creating jobs.

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