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Kashmir Has Its Own Identity

By Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai, NYT

26 July 2016

To the Editor:

The headline from your July 22 editorial, “Kashmir in Crisis” could not sum up the situation in
Kashmir better. You noted that “The unrest is a major setback for peace in the long-troubled
region claimed by both India and Pakistan.”

We would like to stress that the urgent goal of finding the solution of the current situation in
Kashmir cannot be left to India and Pakistan to achieve. It requires the engagement of a
multilateral effort on American initiative. We believe that it would be a striking demonstration
of the global statesmanship which the United States can summon in the cause of peace,
international security and human betterment. Here is why:

Nawaz Sharif, the prime minister of Pakistan, said on July 22: “We are waiting for the day when
Kashmir becomes part of Pakistan.” Shushma Swaraj, minister of external affairs in India, said
on July 23: “The whole of Jammu and of Kashmir belongs to India.” Kashmiris wish to emphasize
that their land is not real estate that can be parceled out between India and Pakistan, but the
home of a nation with a history far more compact and coherent than India’s and far longer than

No settlement of their status will hold unless it is explicitly based on the principles of self-
determination and gives the people the choice whether to join India or Pakistan or remain

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