Seminar stresses pro-active diplomatic approach on Kashmir

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ISLAMABAD: Senator Seher Kamran emphasised upon an urgent need of a pro-active diplomatic approach to resolve the Kashmir issue and water disputes for peace in the region and trustworthy relations with India.Kamran made these remarks while welcoming the participants of a seminar tittled, “Pakistan-India relations: Challenges and Prospects,” held at the Centre for Pakistan and Gulf Studies (CPGS). “No country can survive without peace, but in the aspiration of peace, compromising national interests would damage the country’s long-standing resolve on the issue of Kashmir,” Kamran added.Stressing an effective use of diplomacy, the CPGS president termed it unfortunate that the country’s diplomacy is getting weaker and no powerful voice is heard against the Indian brutal human rights violations in Kashmir Defence analyst Lt (r) Talat Masood, while starting the proceedings with his keynote address, said that the internal strength would determine the external face of the country, but Pakistan’s weak internal situation always undermines its foreign policy.Ghulam Safi, a renowned scholar and Kashmiri leader, cautioned that the unresolved Kashmir issue is a persistent threat to the stability of South Asia and could trigger a war between India and Pakistan. Irshad Mehmood said that after years of violent struggle, the Kahsmiris not only returned to a non-violent movement but also developed their own narrative, but India has given no space to this peaceful transition and as a result the Kashmiri youth is again joining an armed struggle.Other participants of the seminar included Lt (r) Agha Umer Farooq, Tahir Amin, Farooq Rahmani, Nasir Hafeez, Shamsa Nawaz, Mavara Inayat, Adil Sultan, Bilal Akram Shah and Ghani Jafar. The conference emphasised upon getting rid of the internal weaknesses, stopping defensive attitude towards Kashmir issue through effective diplomacy and going for trade but not at the cost of national interests.Participants acknowledged that there would be no big change in Delhi’s Kashmir policy even after the upcoming elections. They said that let the Kashmiris decide their fate, while Pakistan should keep supporting the Kashmir cause and strongly recommended a new, long-term vision and futuristic framework regarding relations with India and the Kashmir issue.A large number of university students also attended the seminar. The presentations were followed by a discussion. Towards the end, recommendations were provided by the participants.

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