Sunday, May 16, 2010

K- Resolution

Excerpts appeared on Counter Currents

1) Kashmiri society is based on pluralism, harmony and tolerance. Those people who are trying to project the freedom struggle as an extremist, fundamentalist struggle are halting the resolution process. This very notion proves to be the biggest flaw in the Kashmir resolution.

2) Unless and until, common Kashmiris are not made part of the resolution, no such resolution is valid or can be accepted under any circumstances. India & Pakistan have to revere the sacrifices rendered by the people of Kashmir; Till then no such resolution can take place because it would be against the existing social persuasions.

3) A joint commission of some kind, having negotiants from India, Pakistan and Kashmir can help in institutionalization of decommissioning of Jehadi groups through proper negotiations and phased demilitarization of army, initiated together, from both sides. It can significantly restore peace in the region.

4) After every act of violence, both countries should learn to initiate Confidence Building Measures (CBM'S), identify the grassroots of the conflict, instead of nurturing visions of destruction for each other. The perceptions of common man from both countries still haven't changed. It has only helped in impeding the K-resolution instead of its facilitation.

5) LOC (Line of Control) should be dismantled. The common masses can prosper through mutual economic dependence. People can come close, live together, and it can result in overcoming the emotional barrier which Kashmiris have faced since decades.

6)Delay tactics in initializing the resolution may favor both countries but it is a serious drawback to Kashmiris. Both countries are committed in keeping the claim of other part alive. There is no mutual co-existence between the two parts of Kashmir. After decades of armed struggle, wars, loss of life and property, the resolution is still in the process of accommodation.

7) The resolution should be stringently Kashmir-centric. The two parts of Kashmir should enjoy a greater autonomy, and stress should be profoundly given on territorial integrity. It would not only ease off the never ending mutual distrust between the two neighbors, but would also give Kashmiris a long needed chance to represent their own aspirations.

8) The most important concern, still subsisting, among the masses in Kashmir is still the same : End of HR violations. Thousands of people have been slaughtered, missing & women have been raped. There has been a failure in delivering justice. Most of these abuses have been tainted as serious international crimes by international humanitarian bodies. Installation of a United Nations Truth Commission can act as a record institution for such savage abuses and it can prove beneficial in restoring the social fabric of Kashmir by proper rehabilitation of victims of violence.

The Resolution in Kashmir is vital for long lasting peace in the South Asia region. It has been a nuclear flash-point for many years, so its resolution is highly critical. The solution depends on the will to resolve and leadership efficiency. Sound Indo-Pak relations depend upon the effectual resolution of the K-issue. It has been in the world spotlight, since the partition of two countries. So, all the world powers like Britain and other EU countries want this issue to be settled once for all.

© Naveed Qazi, Insights: Kashmir