Srinagar, April 03, 2013 (PPI-OT): Jammu and Kashmir, once only known for its picturesque beauty, continues to have a mention in the Guinness Book of World Records as the ‘most militarized zone and the longest pending dispute on the planet earth, Tehran-based Press TV reported.
The book says that Kashmir has made its place in the facts book for four reasons and all the reasons are linked to the pending dispute. “Kashmir is the World’s highest battle field and largest militarized zone. It has also the highest number of military bases in the world and finally the lengthiest speech in the United Nations was given over the dispute of Kashmir. It lasted for 8 hours,” the book adds.
The Kashmiris have been demanding the withdrawal of Indian forces from the region for such a long time. They believe the Indian forces’ presence in Kashmir is the reason for greater degree of rights violations happening in the region, it says.
Guinness says up to 1 million troops stare at each other across the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.
The CIA world book says that the dispute over Kashmir has made it the largest and the most militarized territorial dispute in the world. India has deployed an estimated one million troops in the region.
Experts say the silence of international community over the sufferings of Kashmiri people has resulted into more repression, the report concludes.
Meanwhile, pro-India National Conference leader and Rajya Sabha member, Ghulam Nabi Rattanpuri said the mention in the Guinness world book of records is nothing new as more embarrassing things have happened for India in the past.
“Worst than this has happened for India in the past. There are Amnesty International reports on human rights abuses in Kashmir, there are many reports from global human rights organizations on Kashmir,” Rattanpuri said.
Another National Conference leader, Dr Mustafa Kamaal termed the Kashmir reference in the Guinness book as a welcome step and demanded immediate withdrawal of troops from Kashmir.
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