Bilateral talks on Kashmir issue vital

November 6, 2018

Kashmir issue is fast becoming dangerous for the New Delhi to the extent that it has been continuing blatant violation of LOC and that of the ceasefire accord of 2003. It has been forced to deploy almost 700,000 troops in the occupied Kashmir to offend the people who want to shed the yolk of Indian slavery. So far, thousands of Kashmiris have lost their lives in the approximately 71-year long freedom struggle. The occupied Kashmir has become a land drenched in the blood of innocent Kashmiris. In October 1947, India sent its troops to Srinagar to protect the State ruler Maharaja Hari Singh against the anger of the public when he signed the Instrument of Accession. In order to pacify the mutinous people, India further aggravated this problem by giving the occupied State a special status in its constitution under what is called Article 370. And afterward this issue became all the more complicated when New Delhi on its own went to the UN for mediation to settle the bilateral dispute between India and Pakistan over their respective claims on the State of Kashmir.
On two occasions in the past, this problem has pushed the New Delhi on the back-foot and compelled it to talk to the Kashmiri leadership directly and also constrained it to contact Pakistan to defuse the situation. The first occasion was when the then Indian Prime Minister Vajpayee came to Lahore to sign the Lahore accord and the second occasion was when he invited the then President of Pakistan General Musharraf to New Delhi for Agra Summit. But both these attempts failed because India kept refusing to accept the issue as problem of its own making and never tried to resolve it by giving up its wrongful claim over the occupied State. Just like his predecessors, Prime Minister Narrendra Modi too first tried to get rid of Article 370 by making an attempt to get majority seats in the State assembly but failed to achieve that objective. After that, Mr. Modi endeavored to alter the demography of the Valley by trying to settle non-Kashmiris and Jammu residents there. This incensed the Kashmiri youth who had by now come under the spell of young martyr Burhanudddin Wani and the subsequent protest which as usual was peaceful turned violent with the merciless killing of Wani and the use of pellet guns by the Indian security forces that blinded hundreds of children. The world especially the UN human rights office has reacted with disgust to the enormous human rights violations in the valley. India will soon find it unfeasible to run away from Pakistan’s help in resolving this problem, hence the need for bilateral talks.

 

Resolution of Kashmir issue is a must to bring ever lasting peace in the region.