India has lost Kashmir for all practical purposes: SAPM

Posted In: News Date:Oct 17th, 2020

ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on National Security and Strategic Policy Planning, Dr Moeed Yousuf on Friday said that India was stuck in a difficult position in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) and “unable to figure out what to do”.

In his exclusive interaction with APP, Dr Yousuf said that India’s move to abolish the special status of the IIOJK on August 5, 2019 had expectedly backfired and as a result, New Delhi had lost Kashmir for all practical purposes.

“The future of Kashmir dispute is that India will have to hold plebiscite as per the United Nations resolutions to give Kashmiris their just right to self-determination as there is no other workable solution to the issue,” he said.

“There is a list of things [preconditions] that India will have to do … and come to the table and have a conversation so that both the countries can move forward,” he said, adding that the pre-conditions, set by Pakistan, were the benchmark for any dialogue process with India.

Earlier, this week, Dr Yousaf, in an interview to Indian journalist Karan Thapar, spelled out five pre-conditions for the resumption of “meaningful dialogue" with India to resolve all outstanding issues including the Kashmir dispute.

He said that India would have to accept these conditions “if it is serious to hold” talks on Kashmir. “The first question to any Indian proposal [for talks] is that either it is serious or not and if India could fulfil the pre-requisite,” he added.

“We stand on our principled stance on the 73-years old dispute, and no overnight change could be expected in IIOJK. But, we are aggressively countering the narrative that India trying to sell to the world which is not being accepted now.”

He said the sort of pressure India is under and the negative publicity it has received in western media had not happened for many decades and added that the efforts of Pakistan and the Kashmiri diaspora were bearing fruit.