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By K.N. Pandita

The roots of PDP Patron’s reflections after his meeting with the Prime Minister on Sunday lie in his acerbic reaction to PPP Co-Chairperson Asif Zardari’s recent comments about Kashmir issue. Zardari had said that Kashmir question could wait a decade for final solution because Pakistan had more serious and urgent matters at hand.

This statement has unnerved the Hurriyat Conglomerate as well, which has come out fretfully with its negative reaction. The difference between the two reactions does not go beyond polemics.

To say that India may try to “brush the issue under the carpet” is neither a meaningful nor analytically a realistic approach. If that were the case, India would not risk precious lives of thousands of her troops in quelling the insurgency over past two decades. If the matter had to be brushed under the carpet, where then was the urgency of making incredibly large investments in the State’s all round development so that J&K does not lag behind other fast developing states of the Union. For example, investment of 11,000 crore rupees in Udhampur-Baramulla rail link, apart from PM’s 28000 crore developmental package, was much less warranted a commitment.

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