London-based representatives of political parties in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), have in a memorandum to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, urged his government to reconsider policies on Kashmir and stop the export of extremism, terrorism, religious intolerance and hatred, as also to stop being obsessed about capturing Jammu and Kashmir by force.
“(We) Note with regret that despite our suffering and great human and economic loss of Pakistan, Jammu and Kashmir and India, Pakistan has not abandoned its obsession to capture Kashmir by force,” said the memorandum presented to Sharif on Black Day.
“(We) urge you to reconsider the rationale of this policy which is imperialist in nature. If you are a true well-wisher of the people of the former princely state of Jammu and Kashmir, then please stop the export of extremism, terrorism, religious intolerance and hatred to areas of Jammu and Kashmir state; and grant fundamental rights to the people which live under your control in so called Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan,” it said.
The memorandum called upon Sharif to revisit the teachings of Islam with regard to equality and fairness. “If still you feel we are not equal to you, citizens of Pakistan, then, at least, consider us human beings and let us live with honour and dignity.
Unite both areas of Jammu and Kashmir state; and let us be masters of our land and resources,” it said. Pointing out that Islam associates great importance on honouring agreements, the memorandum said, “It is sad to note that the Islamic Republic of Pakistan openly and aggressively violated the Standstill Agreement which Maharaja Hari Singh, as an independent Ruler of Jammu and Kashmir State, concluded with Pakistan.”
“Islam rightly attaches great importance on saving human life and saving the dignity of women and the old, it pains me to point out that those who attacked our motherland – Jammu and Kashmir on 22 October 1947, looted and plundered our cities, villages and killed innocent people, burnt our shops and houses, kidnapped women and raped them. It adds to our suffering that all this was done in name of Islam and jihad,” it said.
The memorandum was signed by representatives of the Kashmir National Party, Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF ), United Kashmir People’s National Party (UKPNP), Jammu Kashmir People’s National Party (JKPNP) and others.