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Ripe for resolution? More convergence than in the '90s

by Aditi Najam & Moeed Yusuf, 02 May 2010, Times of India.

the most consequential dimension of convergence is the issue of autonomy as the central pillar of any resolution. In this, the level of convergence is still in debate. The notion holds varying meanings for the different parties . Indian sources prefer separate autonomy, implying that both India and Pakistan will provide autonomy to the part of Jammu & Kashmir under their control. Pakistani sources tend to prefer a jointly governed, autonomous Kashmir. Kashmiri sources have mentioned both as workable solutions.


Peace in our time possible

by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, 02 May 2010, Times of India.

First, that the dispute involves three parties — India, Pakistan and the people of Kashmir .Therefore, any attempt to strike a deal between the two without the association of the third will not yield a credible settlement. This has been made unmistakably clear by the flimsy agreements that were contrived in the past. But if such talks are to mean anything, they must be accompanied by practical measures to restore an environment of non-violence.


Let's Jointly Define Terror

by Maroof Raza, 06 May 2010, Times of India.

Pakistan's have defended themselves against Indian anger after 26/11 by saying they too are victims of terror. But Indians are vicitms of Pakistan sponsored terror. Pakistan is victim of its own terror machine.  It's time to stop believing in the expression 'one man's freedom fighter'. The first step towards a cooperative relationship is for India and Pakistan to develop a clear understanding and definition of the words 'terriorism' and 'terrorist'.


After celebrating common culture and heritage Now, the real tests

1st May 2010, Time of India.

The civil society desire for peace could only be translated into a bulwark against war if more people travelled and reporters from each other’s countries brought home shared narratives of joy and misery, editors held. Last weekend, security experts, former generals and admirals and political analysts from India and Pakistan met behind closed doors in Lahore to declare that peace wasn’t something normatively desirable but an imperative for Pakistan’s survival as a nation. Hostility was not a policy Pakistan could pursue without imploding under the double weight of fighting the Taliban in the West and guarding borders in the East. It was nobody’s case that an overarching peace accord could be embraced instantaneously but plodding along the Aman ki Asha path would build a sturdy safety threshold that could absorb the occasional shocks of terror and barbs of extremism.



'Bridge trust deficit to resolve all differences'

by Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri, 30 April 2010, Times of India

Every major political party of Pakistan supports a negotiated settlement. This implies that if India were to show flexibility, Pakistan would reciprocate similarly. In this connection it is correct that while the agreement was arrived at during our tenure in office, former Prime Ministers Nawaz Sharif and Atal Bihari Vajpayee showed leadership and courage in restarting this process in February 1999 when Vajpayee undertook his famous bus journey on the invitation of the then PM Nawaz Sharif. Similarly, Benazir Bhutto, during both her tenures, made concerted efforts to improve the relationship between the two countries. MQM, ANP and even Jamiat-ul-Ulama-i-Islam, under the leadership of Maulana Fazl-ur Rehman, have supported a negotiated settlement on Kashmir.

Perhaps one reason why there is such a strong need for a negotiated solution of Kashmir is the recognition in both countries that Pakistan and India have tried everything in their power to enforce their version of a Kashmir settlement. They have fought five wars, including two minor ones in the Rann of Kutch and in Kargil. There have been various troop mobilizations, including the largest one since the World War I (Operation Parakram), in which a million soldiers remained eyeball-to-eyeball for almost a year. After nuclearization of South Asia, following tests by India and Pakistan, war between the two countries has become nearly impossible.

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