Kashmir dispute core obstacle to peace, stability

Prominent Chinese intellectual Cheng Xizhong, has said that the Kashmir dispute is the core obstacle to the normalization of relations between India and Pakistan and to peace and stability in the South Asia.

According to Kashmir Media Service, Cheng Xizhong, the Visiting Professor of Southwest University of Political Science and Law, in a statement, today, said, India changed the status of Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir on August 5, 2019, which further complicated the dispute. Therefore, the key to normalizing India-Pakistan relations is for India to take the initiative to immediately restore the original status of Kashmir, he said.

Prof Cheng, who is also a senior fellow of the Charhar Institute, noted that recently the National Assembly of Pakistan passed a unanimous resolution calling upon the international community to ensure accountability of India’s grave and persistent violations of human rights, war crimes being committed in IIOJK. In his point of view, this is a very important resolution which has fully expressed right and justice, and reflected the political, diplomatic and moral support of the government and people of Pakistan for the self-determination struggle of the Kashmiri people.

He opined that given India’s unrepentant stance, it now seems that New Delhi is going further and further on the road of crime.

In this context, the international community should take strong and concerted actions, forcing India to immediately halt and reverse unilateral and all illegal actions it has taken in IIOJK and fulfill its obligations under the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.—INP