What needs to be done in J&K for restoration of peace?
New Delhi: November 14, 2018. (PCP) Prof.Bhim Singh, Convenor of Coordination Committee of All J&K Leaders & Intellectuals announced that the Coordination Committee of the Leaders & Intellectuals of both sides of J&K shall be held on December 29 & 30, 2018 in New Delhi. As a convenor of the programme Prof.Bhim Singh had organised two successful meetings of both sides of J&K in 2005 & 2007. The leaders and intellectuals from different political parties including leaders of Hurriyat Conference and Legislators from POK also participated. The meeting was chaired by Late Sardar Abdul Qayyum Khan and others during two urgent get-togethers. The present Prime Minister of POK, Raja Farooq Haider also participated. Besides, Dr. Farooq Abdullah, Prof. Abdul Ghani Bhat, Shri Shabir Shah and others also participated. The then Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh hosted tea to the leaders of the POK at his official residence.
Prof.Bhim Singh announced that situation and circumstances did not help him to go for third meeting in India or in Pakistan. He said that political situation has taken a soft turn with the election of a sportsman Prime Minister Shri Imran Khan. He said that he is working hard to organize the third get-together in New Delhi which may be convened on December 29 & 30, 2018 and Prof.Bhim Singh is assured that the leadership of India and Pakistan shall cooperate to the extent to allow the participants from POK to visit New Delhi.
Prof.Bhim Singh said that peace is possible in J&K as the people of J&K are traditionally, socially and historically committed to peace and social harmony for centuries. He made a strong appeal to those who are trying to use guns in Kashmir and disturbing peace as per daily reports flooding from the Kashmir Valley. Prof.Bhim Singh hoped that all factions of Hurriyat Conference leaders may also support this move so that the people of J&K shall get third opportunity to sit together and work out a joint programme for peace and harmony. He said that peace in J&K particularly in the Valley of Kashmir is possible without guns because the people there have not resorted to violence and traditionally, socially, culturally and historically believe in peace and non-violence. The third peace meeting which shall be called as 'IIIrd Heart to Heart' Talks shall be held in New Delhi. He announced that such Heart to Heart Talk meetings shall be organised in Pakistan side of J&K and in Jammu and Kashmir in future so that the representatives of different political parties and schools of thought on either side to restore peace, live in peace and defeat the ugly designs of the foreign countries which never wanted India and Pakistan to live in peace.
Prof.Bhim Singh appealed the Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi & Prime Minister of Pakistan Shri Imran Khan for their cooperation to ensure open route to the participants from both sides with no other help or support shall be required. He also appealed to the political leadership of India and Pakistan to understand the meaning of this effort which means peace and progress for both the countries so that we shall live in peace, grow in peace and jointly work on national & international levels for international peace and progress.