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Rehabilitation policy obstructed

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By K.N. Pandita

Some time back State government took the decision of facilitating disillusioned Kashmiri youth desirous of returning to the mother land. More than once, Chief Minister expressed his government’s support to the decision. After the elections to Legislative Assembly in 1986, separatists groups, mostly the remnants of the erstwhile Plebiscite Front and of defunct Al Fath organization put up a joint front by the name of Muslim United Front (MUF) to challenge the results of just concluded elections to LA.  ISI seized upon the opportunity and chalked out the plan of alluring disgruntled and indoctrinated Kashmiri youth to the terrorist training camps which the ISI had established for conducting the proxy war in Kashmir. The route adopted by the drafted Kashmiri Muslim youth was Srinagar-Sopor-Kupwara and the other side of the mountains. Taking advantage of ineffective or promiscuous state government and ambivalent intelligence and security establishment, Kashmiri youth, in drones, headed towards numerous terrorist training camps across the LoC established and run by retired Pakistani army officers.  Continue Reading…

Hurriyat’s rudderless politics

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By K.N. Pandita

Pragmatists in the Hurriyat (M) faction feel it is time to stop misleading the people on ground situation in Kashmir. They are for re-appraisal of separatist movement in the background of changed regional and global strategies. The traditionalists cannot but stick to cliché like UN Resolutions on Kashmir despite the fact that not to speak of others, even Pakistani leaders from former President Pervez Musharraf down the line, have conceded that the clock cannot be turned back. During his official visit to Pakistan in 1998 the then UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan said that the UN resolutions of 1948 and 1949, the two-sum to which Kashmir separatists and secessionists remain glued were not implementable for technical reasons. His comments were faithfully carried by the leading Pakistani newspaper Dawn in its columns next day.  Continue Reading…