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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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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FOR DEVELOPMENT, REGRESSIVE THINKING NEEDS TO BE AVOIDED

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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CPEC AND KASHMIR

Niloofar Qureshi

 

Pakistan must be feeling satisfaction in deafly handing the situation that silenced New Delhi’s strong objections to CPEC, writes Niloofar Qureshi on the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). According to her, it seems New Delhi’s initial clamour and subsequent silence must be a well –planned move to further isolate Pakistan on Kashmir issue. UN resolutions on resolving Kashmir are applicable to the entire territory of J&K and not only to Indian Kashmir. Thus Pakistan’s Kashmir strategy is flawed. By permitting construction of CPEC through PoK despite protests of India, Islamabad has exercised its ownership right, and by doing so weakened its case. That World Bank as well as Asian  Development Bank refused to finance Daimer – Bhasa project in Gilgit Baltistan, shows that Pakistan’s claim of J&K being disputed refers to POK as well!

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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:

War of Words:

 “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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