“There is a history of nurturing and funding terror organization on sectarian, religious andterritorial lines in Pakistan and pakistani Administered Kashmir has not been anexception. Since 80’s the security establishment and intelligence agencies funded theextreme right-wing forces to engage India in Indian administered Kashmir and they havebeen entrenched in public with the help of billions flowing in aid from the Pakistaniestablishment and in the shape of Madrassas funded by Saudi extremist clerics tostrengthen the Wahabi and salafisim,” Shaukat Kashmiri said, informing the over 200strong diaspora audience, writersn, members of various political disciplines, intellectuals,workers who had traveled from different parts of Great Britain to hear the UKPNP leader.Shaukat Kashmiri, who is credited with openly opposing the policy of funding terrorgroups to gain strategic gains in the region and he was the only leader in teh region whostrongly rejected and opposed the policy of using religion as weapon against secular anddemocratic forces in the entire region and beyond since 80s, said that when he startedtalking about such dangers almost two decades ago, he was branded an enemy and onthe pay of foreign forces.
“Today the fissures have erupted. The genie is out from the bottle and there is no wayyou can put it back . Taliban are openly dictating their agenda to people and they havethe full support of security establishment and right wing political parties to advance theiraims.
“In my own hometown of Rawalakoat, picturesque resort, Taliban sympathizers are tellinggirls to wear Niqab and Hijab and stopping them from going to schools and for shoppingon their own. Recently Lashkar-e-Tayyaba has been allotted hundreds of kilometers landand one wonders where has the money come from.”There is wide spread resentmentfound in teh local people around as well as nationalist political parties who are peacefullystriving for teh fundamantal human rights of teh people of this unfortunate region.
Shaukat Kashmiri said while Pakistan was fighting the forces of Taliban in areas of NWFP( North Western Frontier of pakistan), under immense international pressure and thereare indications that it had woken up to the real threat of these extremists, it wasneglecting – and indeed encouraging – the Talibanisaton of so called Azad Kashmir whichcan prove to be disastrous in the near future. He appealed to the elected governmentand chief justice of Pakistan to take notice of this brutal practice and expose those hiddenhands who were trying to promote Taliban in pakistani Administered Kashmir, far awayfrom the world’s eyes.He said the democratic government must go all the way in eliminating the Talibanextremism and must dismantle terrorists infrastructure . He said it was not exaggerationthat fight against Talibanism and preserving democracy was Pakistan’s last stand. Therewill no Pakistan left if either this set up fails or if there is no stopping of Taliban fundingby the callous mafia elements in the establishment, otherwise what is remainder of theoriginal Pakistan will disintegrate too and it will be very dangerous for the whole world aswell as south Asian region, he said.
He called for the recognition of different Pakistani ethnic nationalities and said that unlessthe rights and prestige of different nationalitiess is not recognized, there will be nosolution to the current unrest and state of uncertainty with in pakistan. “History showsthat those nationalities whose rights were suppressed hit back with vengeance to upholdtheir unique character and identity.”
He emphasized the governments of India and Pakistan to respect the wishes of Kashmiripeople and do not attempt to suppress them through means which have been tried in thepast but failed to extinguish the desire and will for the establishment of a united, secular,multi-cultural, multi-religious, multi-ethnic and democratic independent Kashmir whichcan play the role of a bridge in the region simmering with tensions and that could lead toa prosperous region.
He told the youth that United Kashmir People’s National Party was unique because it wasbringing people together from different backgrounds on the basis of a progressive and