Berlin, Germany. October 29, 2017. “The All Parties Hurriyet Conference summoned Kashmiris all over the world to demonstrate on October 27, 2017 as a symbol of their unity and will to resist India’s ugly colonization. October 27, 1947 is forever scarred in the collective minds of the Kashmiri people as the day they became occupied” said Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai, Secretary General, World Kashmir Awareness Forum who was in Berlin to participate in the ‘Million Man March’ announced by Barrister Sultan Mehmood Choudhary, former Prime Minister of Azad Kashmir.
Speaking about the historical significance of the Berlin Wall, Fai reminded of the Ceasefire Line which not only divides the land but the families of Kashmiris as well. He warned that there are some quarters who suggest to convert the Ceasefire Line into an international border. That proposal is not only a non-solution but also a fallacy because it mocks the suffering, anguish and pain of the people of Kashmir.
Fai asked that the people of Kashmir revolted against the status quo and how can status quote becomes an answer? Also, Kashmiris wish to emphasize that their land is not a real estate which can be parceled out between two disputants. They are not chattel that can be divided between two member countries of the United Nations. Their land is the home of a nation with a history far more compact and coherent than that of India.
No settlement of Kashmir will hold unless it is based on the principles of self-determination and no settlement will be acceptable to the people unless India and Pakistan initiates a tripartite negotiations — Government of India, Government of Pakistan along with the genuine leadership of the people of Jammu & Kashmir.
Fai reiterated that India’s attempt to legalize its illegality rests on a bogus ‘Instrument of Accession’ by a Maharaja, which the ruler had no authority to sign. Even Alaister Lamb, a British scholar has convincingly demonstrated that the Instrument was a bogus. An original has never been found, and there is no plausible explanation for a disappearance if an original had ever existed.
Fai, however, cautioned that at this moment in the historic struggle of the self- determination, the people of Kashmir with poise, confidence and unity are taking their inalienable struggle in a new direction of non-violence and peaceful agitation.
Dr. Fai can be reached at: 1-202-607-6435. Or [email protected]