NEW YORK - A prominent Kashmiri leader has rejected Indian allegation of terrorism in Kashmir, and called for the resolution of the decades-old dispute between India and Pakistan. What could be less terrorist than the phenomenon of virtually the whole population of Srinagar - at times more than one million - coming out on the streets, marching to the local office of the United Nations in order to lodge a non-violent protest against the continuance of Indian occupation, Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai, Executive Director of the Kashmiri American Council, said at an event in New Haven, Connecticut. Certainly, terrorists cannot compose the entire populations of the major towns of Indian-Occupied Kashmir; one million people reflect the true nature of the peaceful Kashmiri resistance movement and not a movement of terrorism, Fai told members of the South Asian Society (SAS) at the Yale University. The persistence of the Kashmir problem has been a source of weakness for both India and Pakistan. It has diminished both these neighboring countries. The resolution of this dispute will guarantee peace and prosperity not only to Kashmir but also to the whole region of South Asia, he said. Dr Fai underscored the fact that Indias occupation of Kashmir has been left undisturbed by the international community, even though its validity has never been accepted. At no stage, however, have the people of Kashmir shown themselves to be reconciled to it. He reiterated that an indication of the misplaced focus by so-called South Asian experts is the wrong-headed talk about the sanctity of the Line of Control in Kashmir. This line was originally formalised by the international agreements as a temporary Cease-fire Line pending the demilitarisation of the State of Jammu & Kashmir and the holding of a plebiscite to determine its future. The people of Kashmir are not resigned to its becoming some kind of an international border. Reminding the gathering of the pledges of self-determination to Kashmir people made by Indian delegates to the UN in 1948-49, Dr Fai said that the Kashmir dispute cannot be resolved militarily. It is a political issue and needs to be resolved through peaceful political means. Kashmir must be demilitarised, on the one hand, and de-terrorised on the other, he added.