Hurriyat Proposes New Kashmir Solution Roadmap15 April 2010
Islamabad: The All Parties Hurriyet Conference is formulating a new roadmap which its senior leader Prof Abdul Gani Bhat says will help solve bloodiest dispute of Kashmir between Pakistan and India. “I have prepared a new document – Self-Governance - and I will present it to the Kashmiris, Pakistan and India once the things calm down,” Bhat is quoted to have told Kashmiri media Wednesday evening in Srinagar. Prof Abdul Ghani Bhat is also chairman of the All J&K Muslim Conference in occupied Kashmir. He is considered a brain bank among the Hurriyet conglomerate headed by its chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq. Bhat has visited Pakistan several times on official invitations from government of Pakistan along with other senior Kashmiri leaders. “I have framed the document in such a judicious way that it may help in resolving the long pending issue (of Kashmir) if implemented. The document stands on four points that includes complete demilitarization of the State, opening of all the roads linking Kashmir to Pakistan, joint management and irrelevant borders”, he explained. “The opening of the roads will help boost the trade between the two countries, leading to the economic development not only of India and Pakistan but of the entire South Asia,” Bhat asserts. Explaining further he said that the demilitarization and opening of roads should be followed by declaring the existing Line of Control (LoC) irrelevant. “The mountainous terrain between India and Pakistan should not be called (LoC) or ‘international border’ but should be of no relevance which will ensure good relationship between the two countries,” he adds. Similarly “the declaration of irrelevance of ‘borders’ should be followed by the joint management “which should comprise the members from India, Pakistan and both sides of Kashmir (that) will jointly solve the common issues like tourism, water, power, etc,” he adds. Prof Bhat’s Kashmir formula more or less corresponds with that of former President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf who had floated that (1) regions of Jammu and Kashmir should be identified; (2) demilitarization of the identified regions; (3) introduction of self-governance in identified regions; and (4) joint management. Among Kashmiri circles in both parts of the State the Musharraf ideas were taken as thought-worthy, but New Delhi never publicly showed her reaction. In mid-fifties of the past century Sir Owen Dixon the UN representative on Kashmir had also proposed holding of regional plebiscite in J&K as an alternate acceptable solution, but Indians had rejected his proposal.