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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CAN INDIA REALLY THREATEN PAKISTAN OVER WATER?

Mahim Maher

 

According to the author, the three eastern rivers, Ravi, Beas and Sutlej had a curse that brought them down into Punjab, and into Pakistan. The three Western rivers that flow to Pakistan, are Jehlum, Chenab and Indus. He further writes that at the time of partition, by a twist of Radcliffe award, the headworks of the eastern rivers were given to India. It was Indus waters Accord or Treaty, signed in 1960, guaranteed by World Bank and USA which played a role in it, that solved the dispute about distribution of river waters. In the Accord, it was decided that for the disputed rivers, allocations should be on the basis of share of river runs or courses as measured from the headwaters to their lower confluence with a larger river.

About water distribution, if a reality check is made, then it transpires that Pakistan gave up 29 MAF of water of three eastern rivers to India, a fact recorded in Indus Waters Treaty. But at the same time the three waters in rivers (Jhelum, Chenab, Indus) gave Pakistan 114 MAF. The Weekly Friday Times has carried out a brief analysis of the Treaty in an interview with the economist Jaweid Ishaque in this regard.

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THE GARDENS!

The Urdu daily Srinagar Times has pointed out that we have failed in preserving the beauty of the so called paradise. The daily writes that maintenance of Gardens has been very poor. The concerned people need to look into this.

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DECAYING RIVER JHELUM

DECAYING-RIVER-JHELUM

 

The Urdu daily Aftab has editorially written about the decaying River Jhelum with anguishThe recent incident of fish in Jhelum dying in large numbers was shocking. According to daily the concerned department has been negligent and has not monitored and  supervised the cultivation of fish.

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NO QUICK-FIX SOLUTION

Lt General K J Singh

A retired army general, who has the experience of serving in Kashmir, has come out with his suggestions for addressing Kashmir. He asserts that it is time to use soft power on long term basis in resolving the issue.

According to him the security forces have brought the overall security situation under control, but follow-up in socio-political domain seems to be lacking. The inclusive dialogue with all segments including Hurriyat Conference needs to be taken to a meaningful conclusion. He recommends the temporary suspension of charges against stone-pelters. The state should invest in Sadhbhavana on institutional basis. The recent Saudi initiative of Prince Salman in reforming Islam must be supported, recommends Mr. Singh.

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VALUING THE ENVIRONMENT

Dr. Mohammad Aneesul Mehmood

 

There is need to create awareness about the impact of increasing pollution levels in our pristine water bodies, including, Dal lake, Wullar Lake, Nigeen Lake, river Jhelum, writes Dr. M. A. Mohammad Aneesul Mehmood. According to him last three decades have been that of urbanization, industrialization and unsustainable agriculture pratices polluting water resources. In Jhelum, there has been substantial decline in discharge, reasons being loss of glacier mass due to climate change and uncontrolled pollution. Sewage is being discharged into Jhelum without treatment. It elevates organic matter load in water and bacteria consume more oxygen. Unsustainable development practices must be stopped.

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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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UNPLANNED DEVELOPMENT

The daily Kashmir Uzma, in a detailed article writes that the unplanned development of settlements has caused much problems for people. Though the government makes the plans, but it has not cared to see that there is proper drainage and flow of water during floods. Such projects have been undertaken that have caused damage to environment, though bureaucrats and land mafia may have benefited. This kind of planning has to stop.

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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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