Internal Contours Of K-Solution Becoming Clearer: Mehbooba1 July 2011
Srinagar: The Peoples Democratic Party President, Mehbooba Mufti, Friday said that internal contours of the Kashmir solution were becoming clearer and a degree of consensus was emerging over some crucial areas. “We are uncomfortable with the dubious distinction of being world’s most militarized place which even active war theatres like Afghanistan are not. We would want it instead to be the Indian equivalent of a global business hub that promotes not just commerce but contributes to the growth of all the regions of the state,” Mehboob said while addressing Pugwash conference in Berlin, Germany. “I dream it to be a major centre of South Asia’s immense soft power that could expand Northwards through Kashmir and bring new avenues of growth to the country. The knowledge and skill society of Kashmir’s glorious past has to be revived and given a modern meaning and method to harness the full human resource potential of the state,” she added. She said that Jammu and Kashmir defied the logic of religion based partition in 1947. “A predominantly Muslim country had in the face of a choice thrown its lot with a country that looked the very antithesis of what the prevailing Muslim sentiment in South Asia demanded. It had gone against its religious bonding, its geography, logistical convenience and political arithmetic even though the principles that guided accession to India have had a permanent universal value,” she said. “Kashmir was pursuing a dream whose romance unfortunately proved extremely short lived. Democracy, which was the theme of this historic alliance, became the first casualty of mistrust which proved to be its twin and is still to disappear from our statecraft. The genius of resolution will have to focus on the positives of this exciting experiment gone wrong in implementation and resulting in one of the more pathetic stories of post colonial world order,” Mehbooba demanded. The PDP president said that India and Pakistan had a lot of contentious issues to sort out. “But rather ominously the only area of convergence realized in six decades of their hostile relations is about the sharing of river water. This happened while the Cauvery and Basha dam issues are defying a solution within the states. It is obvious that it happened at the back and cost of J&K because the state lacked a voice in even such matters that concern its very viability as a self respecting political and economic entity,” she said. “Though we are obviously glad about Indus Water Treaty but the state feels cheated for denying us compensation for lost riparian rights. This would have to be sorted out in any resolution while an equally important dimension of the resource exploitation between the centre and J&K is gaining relevance to the ultimate resolution,” Mehbooba added. The PDP President said that her dreams for J&K were based on pragmatism. “That is why they are different and gaining acceptability. The state will have to be granted full liberty to have its governance structure, mechanism to reunite the separated territories, travel and trade as European nations are able to and be able to nurture the distinct cultural strains,” she said. “The state that is able being a bridge between warring India and Pakistan rather than remain a perennial bone of contention will have to be granted that status by both India and Pakistan to usher in peace in the subcontinent and beyond. What applies to our part of the erstwhile princely state will have to be granted to Pak administered part as well, therefore making this area of conflict into a peace zone,” Mehbooba added.