Kashmir: Not a Bilateral Issue

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

The U.S. has recently shown its official stance on Kashmir again, by avoiding any appearance of taking sides on the conflict and restating that it is up to India and Pakistan to resolve the issue.  It’s been stated by other countries as well.  But that’s hogwash.

The interest of other countries in the Kashmir dispute is warranted and highly recommended. The Kashmir dispute is not simply to be left to India and Pakistan, and the interest of other countries does not represent unnecessary interference in the internal affairs of India, however much they would like to claim. This is a global problem that affects global peace and security.

When two nuclear countries stand face to face and cannot settle a vicious sore between them after 70 years, they have proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that they are incapable of doing so.

Because international interests are so deeply embedded in both countries, such interests are clearly at stake. What countries will support India if there is war? What countries will support Pakistan?  Will this really be Russia against the U.S.?

There is a dividing line here in the context of global politics where two very opposing forces are very much at odds. This could prove to be all-out global war. Kashmir would just be the final domino that falls in this madness that causes two international banking cartels to be opposed to one another. It’s about world domination, about which hemisphere of influence has control, and it might be labeled East vs. West. That’s Armageddon in the making.

The bottom line is that Kashmir is an international issue. Instability in Kashmir threatens global peace, particularly when India insists that the whole problem is caused by Pakistani influence and terrorism. That’s a lie.  India knows it, and the whole world knows it.  So why continue the charade?  Because global interests are involved.  It serves the Western agenda to attack Pakistan and limit its influence elsewhere.

Other governments must realize that they must intervene and support self-determination for Kashmir in order to bring some resolution to the problem.

The whole matter of demonstrating whether or not India is committing war crimes and human rights violations is less important than to demonstrate that peace can only come through self-determination. It’s time to secure self-determination first, and then settle other matters later.

Kashmiris can achieve this on their own. As Margaret Mead once said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” But at what price?

There will be fewer lives lost if the international community gets behind it.  The greater the threat to peace in Kashmir, the more urgent it is for the world to sit up, take notice, and start knocking on India’s door.

Kashmir, the Nobel Peace Prize, and Becoming an Ambassador

As some of you may know already, the Global Village Forum and His Excellency Amb Mohammed Khan have chosen to honor me with a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize for my advocacy of Kashmir’s right to self-determination and in opposition to India’s brutal repression of that territory.

I can hardly ignore such an honor, and while I have always eschewed the grandeur of such titles which tend to distinguish and self-glorify one from the hard work that others do, I feel duty bound to honor the Global Village Forum reciprocally. 

I have chosen to add the title Amb (short for ambassador) in honor of the organization I represent to and for the United States.

I have served the Global Village Forum in this capacity for several years in somewhat subdued fashion, without title or fanfare, perhaps because I believe titles must be earned and should not be flung about as though they signify special powers or privileges.  It is the honor that I bring to the organization which should distinguish the title, not the other way around. 

Based in Pakistan but with members from all over the globe, we strive for peace under all circumstances and among all countries by bringing a truthful balance to all international equations. I can only hope that the title will lend itself to my effectiveness in this work in the future.

There are more than 200 nominations every year, and I’m quite sure that there are many more people far more qualified than I to receive the ultimate prize, but I do hope that the nomination will heighten awareness of Kashmir’s cause. That is what is needed most, and i will continue to contribute what I can to that effort. Thank you, Ambassador Khan and the Global Village Forum.