Kashmiri diaspora ask India, Pak to end animosity over J&K

Seeking to delink Kashmir from the problems in Indo-Pak relations

Diaspora

January 26, 2017

/ By / New Delhi



“Contrary to the sectarian colour being given to the issue by vested interest, the Kashmir issue is not a sectarian problem,” said Prof MA Raina, Chairman, KVI.

“Contrary to the sectarian colour being given to the issue by vested interest, the Kashmir issue is not a sectarian problem,” said Prof MA Raina, Chairman, KVI.

Attesting that the people of Jammu & Kashmir are the ones to ultimately suffer the consequences of conflicts between India and Pakistan over the valley, the Kashmiri diaspora has formed an organisation – Kashmir Voice International (KVI) – to address the issue.

As a result of the Jammu & Kashmir territorial conflict primarily between India and Pakistan, thousands of people in the valley have lost their lives because of the turmoil since 1947. In an attempt to put an end to this unrest, the Kashmiri diaspora recently formed an organisation namely ‘Kashmir Voice International’ (KVI), to spiel and end the matter.

There was a time when Kashmir was unaffected by the threat of religious differences, even in 1947, when the rest of the subcontinent was in flames, at which Gandhi had said, “Kashmir is the only ray of hope.” However, wariness in some sections of India and Pakistan originating from the hangovers of partition days came in as the biggest hindrance and transformed this peace into an unnecessary dispute.

Aiming to put an end to this, KVI will work for including the demand of withdrawal of all draconian laws, provision of political space for leaders and end of their house arrests, creation of environment and space for peaceful demonstrations, release of prisoners, removal of restriction on religious activities and immediate stop to the human rights violations, as well as bringing the perpetrators to justice.

“Contrary to the sectarian colour being given to the issue by vested interest, the Kashmir issue is not a sectarian problem,” said Prof MA Raina, Chairman, KVI.

“KVI will seek to delink Kashmir problem from Indo-Pak relations and urge both states not to look at it through the prism of Indo-Pak relations,” he added.

The new organisation aims to reach the people and politicians in India, Pakistan and Kashmir in order to raise the voice of Kashmiris internationally.

“The promise for a referendum to determine the future political status of the state has not been kept. The status of the problem was first reduced from three to two options and later on, downgraded from international to the bilateral level. Recently, it has taken a different turn. The people, including young children, have been blinded by pellet guns besides many being killed, thousands injured and imprisoned,” he exclaimed.

He also said that the presence of Indian army in the valley and violation of human rights has irritated Kashmiri youths resulting in some of them going to extremes. “Kashmiris are very peaceful and intelligent people,” he stressed.

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