Call for reviving Quaid’s policy on Kashmir
By News Desk
Islamabad – Quaid-e-Azam believed that without Kashmir Pakistan is incomplete. He tried his best to use all the means to free Kashmir from Indian illegal occupation. Quaid’s commitment with Kashmir and Kashmiri people was unshakeable. On the basis of Quaid’s vision on Kashmir, today we also need to design a concrete national policy on Kashmir and successive governments should follow it consistently. Keeping in view Quaid Day and his vision about Kashmir, MUSLIM Institute organized a Round Table Discussion “Quaid’s Vision on Kashmir Issue and Prevailing Situation” at National library, Islamabad.
Eminent scholars participated and expressed their views in this regard. Convener Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu & Kashmir, Pakistan Chapter, Ghulam Muhammad Safi, Former Ambassador & Renowned Columnist, Asif Ezdi, Renowned Columnist, Ms. Ayesha Masood and Research Associate MUSLIM Institute Mr. Tahir Mehmood, and others spoke on the event.
Speakers during the discussion said that Quaid’s vision on Kashmir is unequivocal. Quaid knew very well the importance and significance of Kashmir for Pakistanis as well as for Kashmiris. Quaid paid attention to the miserable conditions of Kashmiris even when there was no one to listen their cries. Quaid vociferously condemned the Indian aggression on Kashmir. He wanted the peace full settlement of the dispute but he was also determined to go to any extent to free Kashmir from Indian clutches, which is evident from his bold step to issue orders to the Commander-in-Chief of Pakistan Army General Gracey to dispatch troops to Jammu and Srinagar. Unfortunately, owing to mystifying reasons, Quaid’s historic and revolutionary decision was not implemented.
According to Dr. Riaz Ali Shah’s Diary, Quaid-e-Azam said, during his illness in Ziarat, “Kashmir is the Jugular vein of Pakistan and no nation or country would tolerate that its Jugular vein remains under the sword of the enemy”. Not only the Jugular vein of Pakistan but also that of Kashmiri community in particular has been under the sword of the enemy for the last fifty years. Quaid e Azam supported the Kashmir cause even before the independence. Quaid’s three visits to Kashmir showed that he had deep interest in Kashmir and politics of Kashmir. He desired that Kashmiris especially Muslims should get there socio economic rights and justice. Quaid-e-Azam’s interest in Kashmir is evident from the fact that he explained the significance of the name of Pakistan to Mountbatten on 17 May 1947 as “The derivation of the word Pakistan – P for Punjab; A for Afghan (i.e. Pathans NWFP); K for Kashmir; I for nothing because that letter was not in the word in Urdu; S for Sindh and Tan for the last syllable for Baluchistan”.
Two nation theory is the basis of the Ideology of Pakistan. Indian leaders tried their best to negate the two nation theory; therefore they occupied Jammu and Kashmir to annex Muslim majority area with India. People of Kashmir know very well the two nation theory and are committed to it till date. Quaid told Sheikh Abdullah that he was playing in the hands of congress and he would regret one day and the time proved the Quaid’s words.
Quaid was man of principles and a realist. Quid succeeded because of his commitment and firm belief in mission of Pakistan and we need the same. Deviation from Quaid’s vision will be extremely detrimental to the stability of Pakistan.
Peace and prosperity in Asia cannot be achieved without resolving Kashmir issue. Our policy makers need to follow Quaid’s vision on Kashmir. Without resolving the outstanding issues between Pakistan and Kashmir long-lasting peace could not be accomplished. Pakistan should always give priority to the Kashmir issue in any dialogue process. The current government should take firm stand and boldly express his principle stance on every forum as Quaid did in his life to defend the Two-Nation Theory and Kashmir Issue. Now India wants to settle the Hindu migrants from different areas of Pakistan in Jammu & Kashmir to reduce the Muslim majority, therefore Pakistan should raise voice against this blatant violation of Justice and fair play.
Interactive session was also held at the end of Round Table Discussion. Professors and students of universities, scholars and researchers from different institutions, analysts and media personnel keenly participated in the seminar and asked thought-provoking questions.
Dateline: 26 December 2015