London, July 23 (KMS): The Kashmiri diaspora leaders and Executive Members of Organisation of Kashmir Coalition (OKC), Professor Nazir Ahmed Shawl and Barrister Abdul Majeed Tramboo, have hailed the US President, Donald Trump’s offer to mediate on the long-pending Kashmir dispute.

Prof Shawl and Barrister Tramboo in a joint statement issued in London said that at a press briefing in the White House, along with the Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, President Trump was very categorical that the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, raised the Kashmir mediation issue with him just two weeks back when he met him and that he was happy to “mediate or arbitrate”.

They said that President Trump described Kashmir “a beautiful place but with bombs everywhere”. Indeed, this demonstrates that the US President has been properly briefed about the current situation of Kashmir and it is safe to assume, in particular, about the gross human rights violations being perpetrated on the people of occupied Kashmir and the pending issue of their right to self-determination, they said.

The two leaders believe that President Trump is sincere in his offer of mediation as he prefers to see safe and secure South Asia (bearing in mind that the region is a nuclear flashpoint) and that this is in line with his current policy to establish peace in Koreas and Afghanistan. President Trump’s optimism that the Kashmir conflict can be resolved was found by Barrister Tramboo and Prof Shawl very encouraging.

“India, Pakistan relations have revolved around this conflict ever since they became independent. This root cause of tension has impacted negatively the regional cooperation in South Asia. It has multiplied uncertainty, pain and agony for the people of an idyllic geography. Cycles of violence must now end and people’s aspirations need to be fulfilled. Peace in Kashmir will compliment peace in Afghanistan,” the two leaders said.

Prof Shawl and Barrister Tramboo hoped that the mediation effort will lead to a way forward and that both India and Pakistan (although the Prime Minister Imran Khan reciprocated at the press briefing) will wholeheartedly accept the offer for a pragmatic and vibrant engagement.


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