Involve Pandits

Published in The Asian Age, 15 Sep, 2005

Sir,

According to the news item Kashmir reaches New York (September 13), Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf is expected to talk to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and US President George W. Bush on the Kashmir issue. Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq is also supposed to meet President Musharraf in New York. Earlier also the Hurriyat had a dialogue with the Kashmiri Pandits’ association and with the Central government. But not much has come out of these parleys.
A few months ago, Gen. Musharraf had said that the Kashmir issue would be solved in two weeks. Those two weeks have not yet ended. The Hurriyat in the meanwhile has been projecting itself as the mediator between the two nations, but strangely enough whenever the Hurriyat leaders have to talk to the Indian government or the Kashmiri Pandits, they first consult Gen. Musharraf. Another strange thing is that not a single member from Kashmir’s minority community has been involved in these talks. Kashmir is the homeland of the Pandits, why are they being left out from the peace process?

Aditya Rangroo,

Kandivli (East), Mumbai

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