‘Kashmir Belongs To Kashmiris Only’

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SRINAGAR: In an apparent shift from its traditional “jugular vein” posturing, Pakistan has said that Kashmir belongs to the people of Kashmir – Kashmiris – only.

More so, Pakistan has foretold that the lingering Kashmir Issue will be resolved in next decade. These comments were made by Mamnoon Hussain, the president of Pakistan, during a meeting with a Jordanian author.

“Transformations are going to occur in the world in the next decade,” Hussain told Umar Mohammad Nazal Armouthi, adding, “as a result of which Kashmir issue and many problems of the Arab world would be resolved.”

Armouthi, the Jordanian historian had called on Hussain in Islamabad on last Thursday, reported Radio Pakistan. “The issues of Kashmir and Palestine will remain unresolved unless they are settled in accordance with aspirations of the people of the regions.”

Kashmir dispute, the Pakistan president noted, “is not a complex issue but instead a clear one”.

The news reports said that Hussain emphasized that “Kashmir belongs to Kashmiris only”. “It is India that has always created problems in resolving this issue and has ‘occupied’ the region against the wishes of the people.”

It may be noted that India has been saying that Kashmir was a bilateral issue with Pakistan which in turn has been maintaining that Kashmir is an “unfinished agenda of partition”.

“The brave people of Kashmir and Palestine are continuing their struggle for freedom despite the continued oppression and brutalities being perpetrated by the occupation forces,” he said.

He said that Pakistan would continue to extend support to the people of Kashmir and Palestine in their “just struggle for freedom”.

 

‘Freedom for Kashmir’ Posters Appear In JNU

Amid the ongoing debate over “nationalism” and “freedom of speech” in college campuses across India, a poster demanding “Freedom for Kashmir” was spotted in the Jawaharlal University Campus (JNU) on Thursday.

The poster which read “Freedom for Kashmir, free Palestine! Right to self-determination, long live!” was signed by the ultra-Left student political wing Democratic Students Union (DSU).

The poster was seen by the students at the new block of School of Social Sciences (SSS), who then chose to involve the administration regarding its presence. The JNU authorities ordered the university security to remove the poster in the evening. “We don’t know who put up the poster as this has been the pattern in JNU. However, the administration has asked the staff to bring it down,” a senior university official said.

Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, who organised the controversial protest march at the campus last year against the hanging of Afzal Guru, were former members of DSU. Both, along with former student union president Kanhaiya Kumar, are currently out on bail in a sedition case over the event

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