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Sherry Rehman, Pakistan's ambassador to the US, speaks during an interview in Islamabad July 5, 2012. — Photo by Reuters

WASHINGTON: Recent developments on the Line of Control have set the region back, Ambassador Sherry Rehman said on Tuesday while urging the United States to help resolve the 65-year-old Kashmir dispute.

“Because of its strategic proximity to both Pakistan and India, the United States is uniquely poised to play a role in the resolution of the dispute which can become a nuclear flashpoint,” said the ambassador.

Addressing a Kashmir Day meeting at the embassy, she noted that the current geo-political situation also required the US to help resolve this dispute.

“The Kashmir dispute has tied down the resources of the two biggest countries in South Asia, placing a drag on their political and economic discourse,” she noted.

Earlier, the Kashmiri community in the US capital observed the Kashmir Day and at a joint meeting near Washington they condemned the secret execution of Kashmiri youth, Mohammad Afzal Guru, at New Delhi’s Tihar jail on Feb 9.

They noted that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in December 1948, recognised each person’s right to life.

It categorically states that: “No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment,” said a joint statement they adopted at the meeting.

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Jalaluddin S. Hussain
Feb 13, 2013 01:30am
I agree that the Kashmir dispute must be resolved, amicably, by both sides of the dispute - India and Pakistan. USA has no credibility, whatsoever, to resolve this problem. The shameful acts of torture committed by the USA in Iraq and Afghanistan is enough for the whole world to see. Again, the latest Hollywood film "Zero Dark Thirty" is a good and glaring example of Uncle Sam's acts of torture!
aabdul
Feb 13, 2013 03:02am
I saw sherry Rehman giving an interview on a Pakistan TV where she openly criticized Pakistan policy of pursuing Kashmir policy. What does she do now? Old wine in very old bottle.
babaji
Feb 13, 2013 03:54am
first try to resolve shia sunni conflict.
munaf
Feb 13, 2013 05:16am
My advice to Pakistan and Pakistanis to stay out of Kashmir. Americans must deal with their own issues such as American Indian Land Claims. Hindu India does not execute the condemed people in public as is practiced on Islamic world.
IndianHindu
Feb 13, 2013 06:22am
what about the 9 guys Afzal guru helped kill? Does the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in December 1948 applicable to them?
Reader
Feb 13, 2013 08:52am
Sherry needs to understand that Kashmir is Pakistan's internal matter so why ask US for help. On one hand Pakistani govt wants US to keep their hands off and on the other they want US's help. Aren't Pakistanis capable of dealing with their own problem? We have enough talented people to discuss and sort issues rather than seek interference from US or any other Western nation. Pakistanis should not treat themselves as inferior to any other nation.
Pramod
Feb 13, 2013 09:37am
Really bad journalism from Dawn. What is the meaning of Kashmiri youth. Do they refer the suicide bomber in Pakistan in the same manner. He was the mastermind of attack on Indian Parliament. 12 people were killed . I know you will remove this post but have courage to write and hear truth.
Naresh Sharma
Feb 14, 2013 04:38am
“The Kashmir dispute has tied down the resources of the two biggest countries in South Asia, placing a drag on their political and economic discourse,” she noted. LOL....Pakistan is a Biggest Country...