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Kashmir issue losing its significance

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By K.N. Pandita

President Barack Obama’s recent statement that Kashmir question be solved by India and Pakistan without any role for an outsider including the United States has bearing on the stand of Kashmir “freedom fighters” and their cohorts.

The statement speaks of a solution of the issue through bilateral and not trilateral talks. It excludes third party, namely the people of Kashmir, on both sides of the Ceasefire Line.   Continue Reading…

No solution from outside

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By K.N. Pandita

President Barack Obama’s point blank refusal of any solution of Kashmir issue from outside, including the US, must have dampened the spirits of the separatists in Kashmir who left no stone unturned  and spared no effort and amount to prepare the mind of Congressmen or Senators  in the US to categorize Kashmir as the flash point in South Asia. All that long and strenuous effort of lobbying and hosting great luncheons and making frugal gifts of Kashmir carpets and artifacts to the political heavyweights in the US House of Representatives seems to have gone down the drain.   Continue Reading…

Hurriyat (G) has reservations

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By K.N. Pandita

Senior Hurriyat leader Sayyid Ali Shah Geelani has spoken his mind on the subject of return and rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandit internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the valley. He has threatened to launch mass agitation in Kashmir valley if “the Government of India does not drop its plan of rehabilitating the migrant Kashmiri Pandits in the safe zones.”   Continue Reading…