MIRPUR (AJK) - A veteran Kashmiri politician and retired judge has held India responsible for the ongoing hostility on the Line of Control in Jammu & Kashmir and the Working Boundary of Sialkot following the violation of ceasefire in the form of unprovoked firing by Indian forces.

Talking to newsmen in his chamber, Justice (Retd) Abdul Majeed Mallick, the former chief justice of AJK High Court, welcomed the initiative taken by the Pakistani government in a letter addressed to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reminding him of the UN responsibilities to resolve the Kashmir issue in the light of the UN resolutions, in accordance with the wishes of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. Justice (r) Mallick said that it was the first time after making of the Shimla Accord that the government of Pakistan had courageously stepped out of the formal bilateral approach to settle the Kashmir issue. He said that India took undue advantage of settlement of the Kashmir issue bilaterally and consumed 44 years to address the problem. Mallick, who is also the president of Jammu & Kashmir Liberation League, said that unprovoked and aggressive attitude of India in the form of firing on LoC and WB exposed its hostile behavior towards Pakistan.

Whereas Pakistan, he observed, is endeavouring to have neighbourly relations with India through settlement of all the outstanding issues including Kashmir through peaceful means. The retired chief justice categorically said that India was never sincere and honest to discharge her responsibility and commitment to honour the settlement of the issue in accordance with the wishes of the people.

He observed that the bilateral talks between the two countries, in fact, added to the miseries and sufferings of the people of Jammu & Kashmir. He flayed the human rights violations and suppression of the freedom movement by Indian occupation forces in Indian held Jammu and Kashmir.

India, he underlined, under the guise of Simla Accord, designed policy of perpetuation of her aggression and forcible occupation of Jammu & Kashmir. By diplomatic mischievous and fraud, New Delhi always misled the international community and the United Nations that it believed in peaceful settlement of the Kashmir issue, he said.

he asked the government of Pakistan to invoke diplomatic course to gain the international support in its favour and seriously raise the issue at the forum of the United Nations and ensure its final settlement under the auspices of the UN.