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Saturday, February 03, 2007



 

 

 

   Optimism on Kashmir

  Returning from a nine-day trip to Pakistan, Hurriyat Conference Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said that an "honourable solution to the Kashmir problem" was achievable shortly and "would be in line with the aspirations of the people."
     
 

Returning from a nine-day trip to Pakistan, Hurriyat Conference Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said that an "honourable solution to the Kashmir problem" was achievable shortly and "would be in line with the aspirations of the people." Without naming hard-line politician and opponent Syed Ali Geelani, Farooq said that violence was irrelevant to the Kashmir issue now and told guerrillas who attacked the Hurriyat headquarters earlier that the party was "not afraid of grenade attacks." Last month, terrorists attacked his house with guns and grenades. Farooq's father was assassinated over a decade ago by terrorists owing allegiance to Pakistan. Farooq did not say what the solution was but reiterated that it was a "peaceful solution."

In Pakistan, President Pervez Musharraf described the Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan as "tragic" and highlighted his four point proposal again as basis by which a "durable solution" can be reached. Highlighting the "sustained dialogue process on Kashmir," Musharraf said that it was the "wishes" of the Kashmiris "that would guide" his nation. He said finding a solution for this issue is key to "peace and tranquility" in the region.

 
 

{Musharraf's four point proposal [Insert No Shortcuts in Kashmir]} is nothing but a rehash of earlier proposals and has been criticized vastly in Pakistan. It is basically a back to the UN mandated resolution method which has since been replaced by the Shimla Agreement. India has politely declined the proposals. However, India has accepted that it can make the borders irrelevant.

Farooq's optimistic "honourable solution" will materialize only if he and his moderate peers join the mainstream politics and deal with economic and development issues. An independent Kashmir is unviable idea - economically, politically, diplomatically, and security-wise. It is better to be pragmatic and work towards the betterment of their people.

 

 

 

 

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