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Kashmir Voice International (KVI) Chairman Prof. M.A.Raina said the protest in London is a wastage of resources and will not help to stop rights violations or finding a resolution of the issue….reports Asian Lite News

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A meeting of prominent Kashmiris and Kashmiri forums snubbed Lord Nazir Ahmed’s protest march in London against ‘Indian oppression.’

A seminar organised by Kashmir Voice International (KVI) said the protest in London is a wastage of resources and will not help to stop rights violations or finding a resolution of the issue.

KVI orgnaised a seminar at Birmingham to mark its first anniversary. The theme of the seminar was “Kashmir Issue-Support at International Level, an Analysis”.  Several prominent people from India, Pakistan, and UK were attended.

Lord Nazir Ahmed, who was suspended from Labour party for anti-semitic statements, is pushing a ‘Black Day Campaign’ against Indian oppression in “Kashmir, Punjab, Nagaland and Assam.”

Kashmir Voice International Chairman Prof. M.A.Raina, while concluding the discussions at the seminar, questioned the utility of demonstrations by some groups and politicians in Britain over Kashmir.

“It is a wastage of resources and has not helped in anyway in stopping human rights violations or resolution of the issue,” said Prof. Raina in a statement.

Prof. Raina said that J & K is a multi-cultural and multi-religious state and any solution explored should be acceptable to the people of all the sections and regions of the state.

Based on the seventy years history, Prof. Raina said the best way for resolving Kashmir issue is that all communities join their heads together and explore an achievable solution acceptable to the people of J & K. In this connection he referred to the KVI Agenda and the Way Forward.

Justice Shraief Hussain Bokhari, Prof. Sidiq Wahid, Dr. Irshad Ahmed Shah, Mirza Sidiq Prof. Faheem Iqbal Ravinder Pandita Khurshaid Nehami  Azmat Khan, Dr. Misfer Hussain, Rana Shama Nazir, Sumara Farooq, Dr. Nighat Iftikar and Rifat Mughal were also addressed the seminar.

Vice Chair KVI Advocate Irshad Malik thanked the participants of the seminar and said: “This seminar was intended to know our position at international scenario.  We hope this seminar has increased awareness of Kashmiri Diaspora of their duties towards their people on both sides of LOC. We hope this awareness also should lead to a united effort to seek an end to the miseries in which Kashmiris are caught. KVI would expect that all of us will join heads to explore an achievable solution for Kashmir problem acceptable to our people.”

Justice Shraief Hussain Bokhari, from Lahore, said, ‘military operations or militancy cannot solve Kashmir dispute’.  While feeling the need for international support he said, ‘it is the responsibility of the people of J & K wherever they live to convince the international community that Kashmir is the issue of life and honour of 20 million people”.

Dr. Irshad Ahmed Shah, Head Department of political Science, University of Kashmir, said: “Hurriyat Conference could not articulate and plead the case and influence the international opinion. Kashmiris should stand up and decide for themselves. They should think how the bloodshed is stopped. There are issues more important than Azadi. A political issue has been projected as a religious issue resulting into our failure in motivating the world community for support.”

Ravinder Pandita, a Kashmiri Pandit from Delhi, said “borders may have divided Kashmiris physically but not their hearts. Our KASHMIRYAT has been destroyed. Religious tourism between two parts should be encouraged and Kashmiris Pandits should be free to visit SHRADA and people across the border to Hazratbal and Chari-Sharief shrines. People to people contact should be encouraged before thinking about political issues for support at national or international level.”

Ravinder Pandita Khurshaid Nehami, an IT engineer and an academician from Srinagar and now based in the UK, said economic and political power of India has increased and Kashmir is losing support at international level, more so as it has been projected as a religious issue. Kashmir leadership does not appreciate the value of social media and has not even set up a website to tell the people world over what they want. There is confusion in political behavior of the leadership who have failed to project the issue in the right perspective.

Azmat Khan representing JKLF said Pakistan has discouraged our initiatives to project Kashmir at international level ourselves. Valley leadership has failed to influence international opinion resulting in the decrease of support. There is a need to work in India and build a constituency of supporters.

Prof. Faheem Iqbal from Srinagar said Kashmiri leaders have no blue print for the movement and have failed to create advocates, supporters and sympathizers at international level.

Dr. Misfer Hussain of J & K Liberation League said, “This uprising never had any political strategy in place to project atrocities committed by Indian forces around the world. Even the large number of Diaspora residing in UK from Pak administered Kashmir were not prepared enough to raise the issue in a unified manner and the clan politics from back home seeped into it and the unity was never seen on this important issue at international level”.

Mirza Sidiq, President J & K Plebiscite Front, said instead of making a reference to the support at international level we wish India and Pakistan to understand the aspirations of Kashmiris from both sides of LOC. We wish good neighborly relations and progress of both the countries. Kashmir is a multi-religious state its diversity should be respected and preserved. All the state subjects should join hands and explore a solution together which should be respected and accepted by both the countries.

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