Mushaal lauds Norwegian PM for raising Kashmir

   

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The chairperson of Peace and Culture organisation and wife of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chairman Yasin Malik, Mushaal Hussein Mullick, has lauded Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg for raising the long-pending Kashmir issue during her recent visit to India.

File photo of Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg and Mushaal Mullick

In her statement, she eulogized the Norwegian Prime Minister for showing her interest in providing help to find out a solution to the Kashmir issue.

Mushaal in a statement said that Norway has a long history and experience of playing an active mediatory role in settling the bloody and intractable conflicts such as in Colombia, Sri Lanka and Palestine.

She said that since being a neutral country, Norway can play a vital role in easing the rising tensions between India and Pakistan that could eventually lead to a resolution of the Kashmir issue.

She in a statement said, “I was warmly welcomed on the formal invitation by Former Prime Minister of Norway Kjell Magne Bondevik President Oslo Centre and Aamir Shiekh Senior Leader Conservative Party to Oslo in April 2018.”

“I was given a very warm and memorable welcome in Oslo, where a series of meetings were conducted by Kjell Magne Bondevik and Aamir Shiekh with various think tank heads, Professors, Experts, Intellectuals, Peace and Human rights organization Heads, Members of Foreign Affairs Committee of Norway’s Parliament, Leaders of Political parties in Norway’s Parliament etc,” she added.

Mullick said that talk was organized at the Literature House by the Oslo Centre to discuss the sufferings of Kashmiri People and the way forward towards a Peaceful settlement.

“The Lecture was well attended with people from all walks of life, varying from government level officials to politicians, diplomats, intellectuals, writers, poets, experts in peacebuilding and human rights, students, women, children etc,” she said.

“I presented a painting (drawn by me) titled ‘Voices of Freedom, voices of Peace’ to Her Highness the Queen of Norway, Her Majesty Queen Sonja from the oppressed women and children of Jammu and Kashmir,” Mullick added.

“She sent me a reply on email in which she wrote that she greatly appreciated my painting and also thanked me for the message I wrote to her to listen to the voice of our voiceless nation,” she said.

Moreover, Mullick said that Norwegian Premier’s stance for mediation showed that Norway government has great concern over the unabated atrocities committed by government forces in Kashmir.

She stressed the need to involve all the stakeholders to find out a negotiated resolution to the issue, as forces did not resolve the issue through the use of force.

She said that Norwegian Prime Minister Kashmir’s remark is a clear reflection of the official stance of the government of Norway, as Norway has always raised a voice in support of Kashmiris and conflicts around the world at every forum.

She recalled that on August 19 2016, while speaking at a joint press conference along with the Advisor to the then Prime Minister of Pakistan on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz after holding a meeting Norwegian foreign minister, Borge Brende had offered the mediation on Kashmir by saying, “We are available as a friend of Pakistan as well as India to play the role of a mediator. On May 23, 2017, during a debate on Kashmir situation in Norwegian Parliaments Borge Brende called for a dialogue between India and Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir issue amicably.

“Besides, she also applauded former Norwegian Prime Minister Kjell Mangne Bondevik’s recent visit to Jammu and Kashmir where he held an important meeting with the separatist leadership headed by Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq,”  the statement added.

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