News Archives 2010
The previous year ended on a hopeful note with New Delhi promising political dialogue that would bring about a final solution to the Kashmir issue. The Pakistani government and separatist hardliners have, however, rejected the talks offer. The hardliners in Kashmir say that they will accept nothing short of independence while Pakistan insists that no solution could be found without its involvement in the talks. In the meanwhile, reports suggested that the infiltration of militants from Pakistan had declined by a quarter last year. However, years of violence and life under the shadow of the gun has made life intolerable for the average Kashmiri. The continued presence of security forces, in particular, is hugely resented by the younger generation. There can be no denying that Kashmiris want control over their lives and governance. Kashmir's mainstream political parties feels that greater autonomy or self rule could satisfy most Kashmiris since New Delhi will not accept secession. Various leaders and political parties have their own ideas on what an acceptable political solution could be. But peace will not come to Kashmir as long as the hardliners and Pakistan are not satisfied.
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