SRINAGAR Hurriyat Conference (G) representative and president of Pakistan-administered Kashmir, Syed Abdullah Gilani addressed the 14th Islamic Summit that was held in Makkah, seeking the international communitys attention towards the lingering Kashmir dispute.
70 years, Kashmir dispute not only remains unresolved but has left a horrifying trail of death, destruction and immeasurable human suffering in its wake, he said, according to a statement.
The non resolution of this dispute has been a constant irritant for India-Pakistan relations threatening not only the peace and stability of both the nuclear armed neighbours but also turning the entire South Asian region into a tinderbox ready to ignite at the slightest provocation, he said.
Only a couple of months ago, the world watched with awe and horror how an incident in Kashmir almost pushed the neighbours to the precipice of a nuclear confrontation. Thanks to the timely international intervention a disaster was averted just in time. But let’s make no mistake, he said.
While the international community has been able to douse the flames of war for the time being the spark that triggers these flames every now and then continues to remain neglected. That spark is Kashmir issue and the 7-decade history of India-Pakistan relations tells us that as long as Kashmir remains unresolved peace and stability in the subcontinent will remain a pious hope and wishful thinking.
It is an unfortunate irony that the international community which is always quick and eager to do the firefighting whenever tensions between India and Pakistan escalate, still does not appear to acknowledge that the panacia for all the region’s woes lies in the full and final settlement of Kashmir dispute, he said.