Chicago: The Secretary General, World Kashmir Awareness, Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai, has said that the Kashmir dispute is potentially the most dangerous in the world and it is because of this lingering issue, both nuclear neighboring states are directly confronting each other.

According to Kashmir Media Service, Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai has stated this while addressing the 52nd Annual Convention of Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) on the subject of Kashmir.

A Case of Steadfastness, in Rosemont, Illinois (US) said that it should be a major interest of the US to prevent this dispute from exploding into a conflict which could be catastrophic for a large proportion of the human race.

He dismissed the mantra repeated by Shushma Swaraj, the Indian Foreign Minister, that Kashmir was an integral part of India. He maintained that Kashmir is internationally-recognized disputed territory and quoted President Obama who said on November 8, 2010, said that Kashmir was the long-standing dispute.

Dr Fai pointed out that India repeats too often to resolve the Kashmir dispute through bilateral talks with Pakistan. However, he said, the bilateralism has failed due to non-inclusion of the Kashmiri leadership. “Some discerning observers perceive a growing awareness in the Indian middle class that the persistence of the Kashmir problem weakens India by diminishing its stature among the great powers,” he added.

Lord Nazir Ahmed, Member of the British House of Lords, in his address said that tripartite dialogue among Pakistan, India and the Kashmiri leadership was the only way to resolve the Kashmir dispute .

He said that Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s reckless defiance to resolve the Kashmir dispute was a threat to the regional peace and stability. “The international community should be deeply concerned regarding Indian Chief of Army, Dalbir Singh’s threats of ‘a limited war’ with Pakistan

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Two nuclear countries could spark off a regional war that will affect the entire world,” he said and warned that BJP supported by Shiv Sena and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) was implementing their desire of ‘Hindutva’ and the international community should take notice of that.

Professor (Dr) Imtiyaz Khan, Vice President, Kashmiri American Council (KAC), and Emcee of the event, said that the Kashmir question was one of the oldest unresolved international conflicts in the world.

He said “the people of Kashmir demand release of political prisoners and repeal of special repressive laws in occupied Kashmir, restoration of the basic rights and demilitarization of Jammu and Kashmir”.