2-day Kashmir Conference In Islamabad

2-day Kashmir Conference In Islamabad

31 May 2013
Kashmir Watch
Hameed Shaheen

Islamabad: Here for two days, on July 4 and 5, 2013, an extremely core important Pugwash conference, on Kashmir dispute, which is classified anew as world peace-threatening dispute over an area of 88023 sq miles in Southern Asia, would be held. The event would be drawing regional and international conflict resolution experts, diplomats, besides political elite from both parts of Kashmir, from Pakistan, India, USA, and Britain. It will be the second biggest conference, the previous one held in 2006 in Islamabad was also addressed in Presidency by the then president Pervez Musharraf, announcing some ‘fresh out of box’ ideas on solving sour issue of Kashmir that poisons South Asia’s diplomatic paradigm. Pugwash is a global issues solution forum, taking its birth in Canada in mid-fifties of the past century. Coming under spirited debate are, Kashmir Watch has learnt, in the 2-day conclave are: “Ease the exchange of people across the LoC. Reduce permit restrictions, and allow private vehicles to cross the LoC. Open more roads crossing the LoC and in general the border between India and Pakistan (including roads between Baltistan and Ladakh); (2) Improve unconstrained phone communications in the entire JK; make TV reception possible across the LoC and in general across the Indo-Pakistani boundary. Allow the establishment of cooperative TV and radio stations. Improve access to internet in all areas of JK (both Pakistani- and Indian-administered); (3) Improve in all possible ways cultural exchanges (including collaboration among Universities and research institutes) across the LOC; (4) Improve drastically the circulation of goods across the LOC, allow joint investments, render the currencies exchangeable, devise proper tax exemption schemes for joint business initiatives; take profit of the MFN status between India and Pakistan; (5) Promote cooperation and agreements on the issue of availability of water and the management of the natural resources; (6) Promote cooperation among political institutions, such as [consultative] joint meetings of state assemblies, consultations between stakeholders of AJK and of JK, etc.; (7) Push for a progressive de-demilitarization of the region on both sides of the LOC; (8) Promote cooperation among the judicial structures across the LOC. Develop cooperation among the military and the intelligence structures, while respecting the individual rights of all citizens, including the right to have a passport and to move freely in the entire region; (9) As the season of violence across the LOC appears to be less relevant than in the past, engage all former militants who would like to go back to political activity and establish, in an unequivocal manner, an environment where confrontation is addressed in political terms and not by violent means; (10) Solve in a dignified way the issue of Siachen, stressing the respect for human lives and the environment; and (11) Deal with the issues of religious differences in the same spirit of tolerance and reciprocal respect that is taught by the Holy Quran, by the Vedas, the Tripitaka, the Guru Granth Sahib, and the Gospels.”. India’s ‘calculated’ mission to have an iron grip of a geo-strategic outreach is awfully shrunk by the worst bleeding issue of Kashmir at its front-yard. By dint of its population the bait of outside investments in India would also be stunted by unsolved Jammu and Kashmir dispute, a leftover saga of the original partition of the south Asian subcontinent on August 14-15, 1947. On the reference of India the United Nations Security Council and the UN Commission on India and Pakistan passed several settlement resolution all those defy the Indian stance on Kashmir. Now Pugwash has taken on its shoulders the supreme onus of exploring foeard ways to induct peace and calm in this region whom Pentagon reportedly terms as the ‘abode of Jinns” because of the interminable issue of Kashmir.