Unresolved Kashmir may trigger nuclear war, Kashmiris warn UK, EUJanuary 8, 2024
Over the weekend, Kashmiris, and their supporters organized various campaigns and events in the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom (UK) to observe the Right to Self-Determination Day for the people of Jammu and Kashmir. Rallies and conferences were held in different cities, including Barcelona and Balogna in Spain, and Birmingham in the UK, hosted by Tehreek-e-Kashmir UK and its EU chapters.
Fahim Kayani, the President of Tehreek-e-Kashmir UK, emphasized the international commitment made to Kashmiris on January 5, 1949. He pointed out that the international community, through the United Nations (UN), had promised Kashmiris the right to choose their future through a fair and free plebiscite. However, this promise was never fulfilled due to India’s unilateral blockage of any such move. Kayani warned that the credibility of the UN and the international rules-based order is jeopardized if Kashmiris are not granted their genuine, legal, and legitimate right.
Kayani further expressed concern about the global awakening regarding the liberation of occupied lands, emphasizing that if Kashmiris are not given the opportunity to peacefully decide their political future—freedom from illegal occupation by India—the UN and its Charter will lose their purpose. He called attention to the sacrifices made by Kashmiris in their struggle to liberate their homeland, asserting that the suppression of people’s rights and persecution led to genuine resistance.
Muhammad Ghalib, the President of Tehreek-e-Kashmir Europe, echoed this sentiment, stating that the international community must take immediate steps to implement its resolutions on Kashmir. Ghalib warned that if the world does not act promptly, tensions in Kashmir could escalate, potentially triggering a nuclear war.
Raja Shafiq Tabasam, the President of Tehreek-e-Kashmir Spain, and Ch Babar Warriach, the President of Tehreek-e-Kashmir Italy, emphasized that the international community should not turn a blind eye to Kashmir and must not give India a pass for its violations of international law.
To summarize, the events over the weekend served as a platform for Kashmiris and their allies to remind the world of the unfulfilled promise of self-determination made to Kashmiris in 1949. The call for immediate international action reflects growing concerns about the potential escalation of tensions in the region and the broader implications for global peace and stability.