Washington, August 15 (KMS): The Secretary General of Washington-based World Kashmir Awareness Forum, Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai, has said that India persists in allying itself with a position that has no legal, moral or constitutional authority to celebrate its Independence Day in occupied Kashmir which is not a part of the Indian territory.

Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai in an article wrote, “Under the international law, today, Kashmir does not belong to any member country of the United Nations. It is recognized by the United Nations as a disputed territory whose future is yet to be decided by its people.” He wrote, the issue of Kashmir is by no definition a border dispute between India and Pakistan, nor a struggle between theocracy and secularism, or a fight between Hindus and Muslims. “It is about honoring the political and human rights of the 22 million Kashmiri people in accord with international law, justice and morality.” »

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Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai

Washington, July 27 (KMS): The Aaland Islands had already petitioned the Russians to secede from Finland and join Sweden. The cry for independence in Finland set in motion Swedish aspirations to be among their own, to secede from Finland and join Sweden as they had been little more than a century earlier.

By means of a petition and supported by more than 96% of the population, they then petitioned the new government of Finland and proposed seceding from Finland, joining Sweden, to come under Swedish government control. The Swedish government, however, was not uniformly excited by the prospect or concerned about the Aaland Islanders or their interests for reasons having to do with internal politics more than anything else. The ideological struggles taking place in Russia and Finland were causing disarray in execution of policy in Sweden as well. As such their support for the petition was weak, and as a result it was less of a dispute between Sweden and Finland than a dispute between the Aaland Islands and Finland. »

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Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai

Washington, July 21 (KMS): There are some disputes in modern history that one might take lessons from in understanding the wisest course to take in resolving the Kashmir dispute.

The Aaland Islands is a case in point, as are South Tyrol, Trieste, Andorra, and Northern Ireland, each of which was contested by neighboring countries. Finland and Sweden both coveted The Aaland Islands; South Tyrol was in dispute between Austria and Italy; Trieste was divided between Italy and Yugoslavia; Andorra is a small principality. Virtually all of these cases, the country in question was seized or split in two in the course of war between neighboring countries. »

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Washington, June 13 (KMS): Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai, the Secretary General of World Kashmir Awareness Forum, has said that Kashmir is the most densely soldiered territory in the world, hosting more than 700,000 Indian military and paramilitary personnel.

Dr Fai in a fresh article said, “Since the 1989 Kashmiri uprising against alien illegal occupation, more than 100,000 Kashmiris have been killed or more than all US military fatalities during the Vietnam War.” »

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Dr Syed Nazir Gilani

Islamabad, May 19: There is a confusion on the ownership of the Kashmir case. If one reads the UN package on Kashmir, Constitution of Azad Kashmir and article 257 of the Constitution of Pakistan, there is hardly any confusion. The jurisprudence of Kashmir case is either misunderstood or we misdirect ourselves. India and Pakistan may have agreed in June 1997 joint statement to disturb its core status and add Kashmir into eight outstanding issues, according to United Nations Kashmir continues to remain as “the greatest and gravest single issues in international affairs”.

Those who do not want to hear about UN Resolutions and regard it as history, can’t be dignified as Kashmir experts. They are hurting the Kashmir case and contributing to Indian strategy to wear away from the agreed merits of a UN supervised vote. UN has defined the Kashmir case and put in place an operational regime. It recognises that Kashmiris have rights, integrity, security and self-determination. There has to be a free, secure, and impartial plebiscite. »

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Islamabad, February 21 (KMS): The Secretary General of World Kashmir Awareness Forum, Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai, has said that once again, Kashmir is living proof that it is not going to compromise, far less abandon, its demand for Aazadi (freedom) which is its birthright and for which it has paid a price in blood and suffering.

Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai in a statement issued in Washington said, compared to the sacrifice Kashmir has had to endure, India and Pakistan themselves gained their freedom through a highly civilized process. »

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Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai

Washington, January 04 (KMS): “If parties (India & Pakistan) come here and both of them call upon the Security Council to make recommendations for the solution of their (Kashmir) dispute, ought they not in advance agree to abide by it? They are not bound to ask the Security Council to make such recommendations, but if they do, I ask the Committee of Experts if they have not thereby implied that they will conform or try to conform to them.” Ambassador Warren Austin of the United States at the Security Council on May 26, 1948. »

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Background

October 27 is the darkest day in the history of Jammu and Kashmir and the Kashmiris living on both sides of the Line of Control and across the world observe it as Black Day. This is the day, when, in 1947, India sent its armed forces to Jammu and Kashmir and occupied it in total violation of the Indian Independence Act and Partition Plan and against the aspirations of the Kashmiri people.

According to the Partition Plan of June 3, 1947, passed by the British parliament on July 18, the same year, the Indian British Colony was to be divided into two sovereign states. The Hindu-majority areas were to constitute India while the Muslim-majority areas of Western provinces and east Bengal were to be included in Pakistan. At the end of British suzerainty over Indian sub-continent in 1947, more than 550 Princely States had become independent but with a choice to accede either to Pakistan or India. However, India illegally occupied Hyderabad, Junagarh and Kashmir by military invasions. Being a Muslim-majority state, with 87% Muslim population, Jammu and Kashmir had a natural tendency to accede to Pakistan, but the evil designs of its Hindu ruler and the leaders of Indian National Congress and Britain paved way to destroy the future of the people of the territory. »

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By: Murtaza Shibli

Twenty-four years ago, on the 22nd of October, 1993, Bijbehara, my hometown, was struck by a vicious massacre that killed scores of peaceful protesters who were demanding revocation of the military siege of the famous shrine, Dargah Hazratbal.

According to the state government’s own magisterial enquiry report, “a procession of 2,000 to 3,000 people” that was “entirely peaceful and unarmed” was attacked by the paramilitary Border Security Force (BSF). The report establishes “beyond any shadow of doubt that [the] firing upon the procession was absolutely unprovoked” and found that the paramilitary force “committed offence out of vengeance and their barbarous act … [was] deliberate and well-planned”. »

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19th July is of special significance in the history of Jammu and Kashmir. On this day in 1947, genuine representatives of majority of Kashmiris unanimously passed the resolution of Kashmir’s Accession to Pakistan during a meeting of the All Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference at the residence of Sardar Muhammad Ibrahim Khan in Aabi Guzar area of Srinagar. »

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