KASHMIR CBMS TURN 14 YEARS OLD

Shujaat Bukhari

 

The LOC bus service and trade across the Kashmir has been a major Confidence Building Measure (CBM) between India and Pakistan. However, the suspension of this CBM recently created tension between the two sides. Shujaat Bukhari, tracing the history of this initiative highlights its efficacy in generating peace and prosperity.

 

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WINTER MUSINGS

Chilai Kalan, as the onset of harsh winter in Kashmir is called, has brought a sense of hope with the coming of snow in time this year. The phenomenon of snow fall had been dwindling in the Valley due to environment changes. The general amnesty granted by the government to young stone pelters has brought down the tension in the atmosphere, as revealed in the local media.

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THE GOOF UP AND THE AFTERMATH

Javaid Iqbal Bhat

Pakistan’s showing of Gaza Girl as victim of brutality in Kashmir has exposed it, writes Javaid Iqbal Bhat. According to him Pakistan is used to such blunders, like showing Red Fort as a part of Pakistan tableau. A training of mind is needed to produce material of quality.

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THE SILENCE OF INTELLIGENTSIA

That India’s policy makers have not shown much interest in Kashmir affairs is matter of regret., writes daily Khidmat. According to daily they have not been able to comprehend  the problems. Kashmir situation is presented in a negative manner in different ways. Indian cooperative federalism is proceeding towards competitive federalism, which needs to be recognised.

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THE HURRIYAT AND THE BOY WHO CRIED ‘WOLF’ FABLE

Niloofar Qureshi

The tactics of blaming New Delhi for everything is damaging Hurriyat’s credibility. Hurriyat has shown double standards by refusing to accept that leaders were killed by militants, and treating the killers as martyrs, writes the analyst Niloofar Qureshi. According to her the Hurriyat says that international community does not care about Kashmir due to vested political and commercial interests.

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KASHMIR DISCONNECT

A senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha, who had been to Kashmir and had talks with different sections of society and leaders, said that New Delhi had lost Kashmir emotionally. The editor says that rhetoric may have been toned down but military methods continue to be used. The editor wants the authorities to take Sinha’s words seriously, as these are sane and sanguine.

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AMERICAN POLICY TOWARDS INDIA AND PAKISTAN

India and Pakistan feel proud to be allies of USA. But USA wants to keep Kashmir problem alive, so as to exploit both, writes daily Srinagar Times editorially. According to daily US threatened Pakistan of taking action, if Pakistan does not act against terrorism.

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WHY THIS WAR FRENZY?

Negotiations, not war can resolve dispute, writes daily Nida-i-Mashriq. According to daily the two countries are indulging in assertion of their superiority in power. But this type of “political terrorism” can be destructive for the country.

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AS KASHMIR STARES AT BLACKOUT NIGHTMARE

Suhail Ahmad

 

NHPC control over  power projects has enabled it to earn billions, but the government has not been able to get back the projects from NHPC, writes Suhail Ahmad. According to him Government departments are the biggest defaulters in respect of paying power bills.

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DR. FAROOQ’S VOICE AGAINST ‘AZADI’

According to daily Srinagar Times, Dr. Farooq Abdullah, the former Chief Minister of J&K state clearly says that India has betrayed the people of Kashmir by not sticking to the conditions laid down in Accession document. He has signaled that autonomy is the solution.

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