Pakistan urges US and world community to help resolve Kashmir

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has urged  the United States and the international community to help settle the decades-old Indo-Pakistan dispute over Kashmir where people have risen  up against the Indian occupation.

“The occupation cannot continue,” he told a distinguished audience  at the Council on Foreign Relations, a think-tank, on Tuesday, a day  on which UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also spoke out against the  ongoing violence in the disputed state where Indian security forces have killed over 100 Kashmiri demonstrators.

“The international community must recognize that the people of  Kashmir, in an entirely indigenous upsurge, are demanding their right  to self-determination,” Qureshi said, while rejecting allegations that Pakistan behind the revolt against New Delhi’s rule across the valley.

Stressing that the uprising in the occupied Kashmir was indigenous,  he said Pakistan has neither the means nor the capacity to mobilize  the young and old to stage protest demonstrations and shut down towns and cities.

In a well-reasoned speech, Qureshi covered a number of topics, but  made the most detailed statement so far on the Kashmir dispute. He  urged India to take a “fresh look” at the evolving situation in the territory and sit down with Pakistan in an effort to resolve the  festering dispute.

“Dialogue is the only way forward. We can do it.” “We are convinced that sustainable peace can only offer the best guarantee for ensuring a bright and prosperous future for the over one billion people inhabiting  the region,” the foreign minister said.

“Resuming the dialogue process with India, therefore, remains a  major objective for us,” while noting that his discussions with Indian Minister of External Affairs S.M Krishna in July were “useful”.

“We  look forward to constructive and result oriented interaction with India  on all issues, especially the issue of Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.

The foreign minister said that the United Nations had recognized  the rights of Kashmiri people long ago.

“Now is the time for the international community to do something about it.

“We call upon the  United States particularly, which is pressing so responsibly for peace  in the Middle East, to also invest its political capital in trying to  help seek an accommodation for Kashmir,” he added.

The foreign minister said, “It has always baffled me that the international community has long recognized that the Palestinian question  is the core issue to peace in the Middle East, but does not seem to understand that, similarly, until the status of Jammu and Kashmir is resolved, real peace in South Asia will remain elusive.

” The rights of the Kashmiri people cannot continue to be denied. “Today, the Kashmiri youth, children and women have once again highlighted the occupation and suppressive policies of occupation in Indian held Kashmir.

“Surely the world can recognize that this resistance is internal and visceral. It may be easy for some to dismiss the uprisings as outside agitation, but no one any longer can seriously believe this.”

Earlier, Jami Miscik of the CFR introduced the foreign minister to  the adueince, while expressing sympathy and support for the victims of  the devastating floods in Pakistan.