India, Pakistan must be sincere to resolving Kashmir: Richard

WATFORD: Responding to queries of the community members during his election campaign British Parliamentarian and Deputy Secretary General of All Parties Parliamentary Kashmir Committee Richard Barrington said both India and Pakistan needs to be sincere for resolving Kashmir issue.
“Both India and Pakistan are not sincere in resolving Kashmir issue as they are exploiting natural, mineral and human resources of Kashmir and its geo strategic position for their political means”, he said while addressing the community members. This was for the first time in British history when Kashmiri community members asked questions to Parliamentary candidates regarding Kashmir issue.
Councillor Saqlain Mehmood, Babu Aslam, Khalil Mughal, Chaudhry Muhammad Bashir, Haji Muhammad Yaseen, Chaudhry Ilyas and Dr Mashkoor were among prominent participants of the meeting.
“It is my desire that Kashmir issue be resolved as per wishes and aspirations of Kashmiri people and for which I have personally participated in “Kashmir Million March”, Richard said.
“It is fact Conservative Party failed to help Kashmiri people in raising Kashmir issue at any level”, Richard said.
Kashmiris are primary party to Kashmir dispute and without their involvement not dialogue process will prove useful, he said, adding if India is not accepting Kashmiris as party to dispute, then Pakistan call a conference of permanent members of UN Security Council and take them in confidence for recognition of Kashmiris as primary party to dispute.
He said resolutions on Kashmir were adopted by UN and Security Council and India has assured to implement these resolutions, which were endorsed by Parliaments of the two countries.
He said it is obligatory on the part of UN and its Security Council to restore August 15, 1947 as due to unresolved Kashmir issue Kashmiri people are suffering with mental and physical stress as they are facing Indian state terrorism and brutal human rights violations.
Giving reference of his recent Pakistan visit, Richard said Kashmir issue is alive in people while Kashmiri and Pakistani politicians are doing nothing but politics on this dispute.
He said Britain alone can take up Kashmir issue in UN Security Council, but for the purpose it is necessary for Pakistan to consult other UN Security Council members and make a lobby.
He said after May 7, a conference of Kashmiri political parties will be convened in which Kashmiri political parties adopt a unanimous agenda for early resolution of Kashmir dispute. “I win or lose the election I will remain in touch with people of Watford and I assure you that Kashmiri leadership in Britain will be brought to Foreign Office to hold meeting on this issue”, he added.

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