‘2016 Uprising A De-facto Plebiscite’

BOSTON: The popular and spontaneous uprising in Kashmir since the killing of Burhan Wani – the popular Hizbul Mujahideen commander – is a “de-facto plebiscite” by the Kashmiris for their demand of freedom, said Senator Mushahid Hussain.

The PML-Q senator was speaking as a panellist during a panel discussion: ‘Kashmir – Breaking the Impasse’ held during the 2017-India Conference at the Harvard University in the United States of America which was hosted by Harvard Kennedy School of Government in Boston, Massachusetts and was attended by analysts, faculty and students.

The event which was a first of its kind in the world’s leading university had also invited pro-India politician, Omar Abdullah, Indian Air Marshal (retd), Kapil Kak, while as Mirwaiz Umar Farooq represented the pro-freedom grouping All Parties Hurriyat Conference.

Pakistan was represented by Senator Mushahid Hussain while as Mirwaiz spoke through a video link from Srinagar.

Mushahid told the audience, “Kashmir issue is not about territory, but Kashmir issue for Pakistan is about Kashmiris.”

During his address, he also shared with the audience his five points to help break the impasse in the current situation. He said, India should accept Kashmir as a political dispute, and accept there are three parties to the dispute Kashmiris, Pakistan and India.

His second point was that India’s former foreign minister Yashwant Sinha’s report, which clearly states that “Kashmiris have lost fear of India” and “Kashmiris want to join CPEC” should be accepted by India.

He also advised that India and Pakistan should immediately start back channel talks by appointing representatives for such talks.

The senator’s last point was that India must withdraw its opposition to the SAARC Summit in Pakistan and agree on a new date for the summit.

Want Peace With Pakistan: Def Min

BENGALURU: Welcoming the calm on the India-Pakistan border, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday said New Delhi desired good ties with Islamabad and Beijing.

Asked about the border situation, the Minister said: “can any country have a problem if there is peace in the neighbourhood? Keeping calm does not mean you should not be prepared.”

Parrikar was speaking to the media on the sidelines of Aero India 2017 here.

India wanted peace with both Pakistan and China, he said.

“We wish to have a good relationship with Pakistan and China. No reasons why we should keep fighting with them.”

Pak Summons Indian Envoy

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Tuesday summoned the Indian Deputy High Commissioner here to protest “unprovoked ceasefire violation” allegedly by Indian security forces along the Line of Control (LoC) that killed three of its soldiers.

“The Director General (SA & SAARC), Mohammad Faisal, summoned the Indian Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh and condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violation, on February 13, 2017, by the Indian forces on the LoC (in Thub area (Bhimber Sector),” a Foreign Office statement said.

The Foreign Office urged New Delhi to respect the 2003 Ceasefire Understanding besides initiating a probe into the recent incidents of ceasefire violation by the Indian forces, the statement said

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