More dialogues, no solutions

Published in the Daily Times, Lahore, Pakistan, 20 September 2005

Sir: President Pervez Musharraf held talks with Dr Manmohan Singh and George Bush for the resolution of the Kashmir dispute. Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq also met President Musharraf in New York in this regard. This is going to be another round of dialogue. Earlier, the Hurriyat had held talks with the Kashmiri Pandits’ Association and discussed the issue with Dr Singh.

A few months ago, President Musharraf said that given the political will the Kashmir issue could be resolved in two weeks. Those two weeks have yet to begin. On the other hand, the Hurriyat leaders have projected themselves as ‘mediators between the two nations’ but their interest is restricted apparently to the heartless dialogue over a cup of tea. It is strange that not a single member from the minority community has been involved in any of these dialogues. Kashmir is the homeland of the Pandits. However, they have been left out from the process. It seems there are more dialogues on the table than solutions in anyone’s mind.


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