PM ABBASI AND KASHMIR’S REALITY

 Shujaat Bukhari

 

The author, the editor of daily Rising Kashmir writes that Pakistan supports right of self–determination but rules out  independence as a solution. He further writes that Liberation Front had been supported by Pakistan, when it began the movement. Hurriyat had said that right of self-determination would include right to independence. However, Hurriyat must come out with a clear  view on Abbasi’s statement.

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SILENCE OF HURRIYAT CONFERENCE

Pakistan’s Prime Minister rules out independence as an option on Kashmir solution. The Hurriyat – a conglomerate of separatists, that claims to be struggling for Kashmir’s freedom has made no comment. Liberation Front issued a vague statement. What should one make out of this situation, asks Urdu daily Nida-i-Mashriq.

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KASHMIR AND POTENTIAL FOR ENTREPRENEURIAL GROWTH

Inam Ul Haq

 

AIM (Atal Innovation Mission) is Government of India’s flagship initiative under NITI Ayayog to promote innovation and entrepreneurship across the country. AIM comprises four flagship schemes. Atal Tinkering Laboratory (ATL) aims at promoting innovative thinking in students before they enter University and make them familiar with latest technologies. All 22 districts can get ATL, provided they apply. Atal Vikas challenge is about product innovation. J&K state has a huge potential for entrepreneurial growth. Since private sector is non-existent, there is an opportunity for entrepreneurs.

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WHO IS VIOLATING CEASE-FIRE?

The daily Aftab writes that both the countries, accuse each other of cease-fire violations. However, the fact is that shelling India as well as Pakistan, and cross-firing continues from both sides and lives are lost. The people in the border areas are facing very difficult times. Educational Institutions are closed, markets shut and agriculture work suffers. It is high time the two countries stop this bloody game.

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RESTORATION OF AUTONOMY

In an editorial note daily Nida-i-Mashriq writes that autonomous status means independence, but restoration of autonomy means, securing of constitutional safeguards, limiting centre’s jurisdiction to the subjects mentioned in the Accession document. Previous interlocutors had also recommended restoration of autonomy. According to daily the idea should be given a trial.

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INDEPENDENCE OPTION FOR KASHMIR

Murtaza Shibli

 

Pakistan has been talking of supporting Kashmir’s struggle for right of self-determination. But, Pakistan Prime Minister has categorically rejected the idea of independent Kashmir. It seems the statement was meant to address Chinese anxieties, because of CPEC project, writes Murtaza Shibli. According to him the perception is that India and US are opposing the project for strategic reasons. As it is both India and Pakistan seem to be content with status quo on Kashmir. However, it needs to be noted that CPEC offers the opportunity for both countries to reap the benefit of an emerging economic corridor.

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KASHMIR PROBLEM AND THE ELECTION GIMMICKS

The Urdu daily Kashmir Uzma editorially writes that as an election gimmick, Congress and BJP are engaged in a war of words over Kashmir. Excerpts:

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 “The war of words between BJP and Congress in the context of Kashmir has revealed certain things. That BJP considers the autonomy enjoyed by the state as equivalent to ‘azadi’

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HURRIYAT AND NEGOTIATIONS

Commenting on Centre’s offer for conducting negotiations without pre-conditions has been taken with skepticism by the people in view of their past experiences regarding such initiatives, writes Urdu daily Chattan editorially.

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