On April 21, 1948, the United Nations Security Council passed Resolution 1947, calling for the withdrawal of all troops from Pakistan and the reduction of troops from India.
The resolution also called for the return of all refugees, the release of political prisoners, and the holding of a referendum to determine the future of the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
This resolution was a major opportunity for peace in Kashmir. It offered a way to end the conflict between India and Pakistan and to give the people of Kashmir a say in their own future. However, Pakistan has never implemented this resolution, and the conflict in Kashmir continues to this day.
There are many reasons why Pakistan has not implemented Resolution 1947. Some argue that Pakistan is afraid of the outcome of a referendum, in which the people of Kashmir might choose to join India. Others argue that Pakistan is simply unwilling to give up its claim to Kashmir.
Whatever the reason, Pakistan’s refusal to implement Resolution 1947 has had a devastating impact on the people of Kashmir. The conflict has caused widespread death, displacement, and poverty. It has also created a climate of fear and mistrust, making it difficult for the people of Kashmir to live in peace.
The people of Kashmir deserve better. They deserve to live in a free and peaceful state, where they can determine their own future. The only way to achieve this is for Pakistan to implement Resolution 1947 and for the two countries to sit down at the negotiating table to find a lasting solution to the Kashmir conflict.
On the 75th anniversary of Resolution 1947, we must redouble our efforts to bring peace to Kashmir.
We must hold Pakistan accountable for its failure to implement the resolution, and we must pressure both countries to find a negotiated solution. The people of Kashmir have waited long enough for peace. It is time for them to have their voices heard.