Apropos the statement of Mr. Krishna, Indian foreign minister regarding the status of Jammu and Kashmir (Kashmir Observer, Oct 03) It is is quite unfortunate, unrealistic and untimely.
The statement was issued in response to the statement given by Pakistani President Mr.Asif Ali Zardari at U.N.
It is Indias stubborn attitude which has delayed any honorable solution to the vexed problem of Jammu and Kashmir.
The present status quo of Kashmir has made the common masses of this region to suffer a lot in addition and it has been draining the fragile economy of all the stackholders.
It has a direct bearing upon the poor Kashmir people who have been bearing the brunt of this problem now for more than sixty years. The resources of this state are being exploited brutally, the tourist industry at its low ebb due to closure of all natural routes which could have connected this region to central Asia, Gulf and even to Europe via Turkey resulting in the staling of Kashmir fruit, handicrafts, wooden work, paper machie etc thus delaying their timely marketing, thereby badly affecting the economy of the state.
Despite having enormous water, forest and bioresearches the people of the state do suffer a lot for want of hydroelectricity, timber and cooking fuel. As such it becomes imperative upon both India and Pakistan to pave the way for an amicable and lasting solution to this imbroglio. So that the condition of the people of the region gets better.
It is not advisable for any party to stick to the hardened stance owing to the fact that the disputed nature of Jammu and Kashmir has been bleeding the people of the region to an enormous amount.
Furthermore the sacrifice and the sentiment of the people of Jammu and Kashmir cannot be sidelined by maverick tactics. Power, might and repression have failed to mum the genuine voice of Kashmiris.
Nasir Hussain Peerzadah
Malla Bagh, Naseem Bagh
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