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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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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CRPF OFFERS HELPLINE TO LET J&K LOCAL MILITANTS RETURN

The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has thrown open its helpline (1441) for local militants willing to surrender to establish contact, CRPF Inspector General Zulfiquar Hasan told The Hindu on 20th November, 2017.

 

Mr. Hasan, IG Operations in Srinagar said the helpline, launched earlier this year, has received more than 70,000 calls. “Since it is an established helpline, we decided that it should be used to help the local militants return home. We will guide them,” he said.

 

Foreign militants in Kashmir Valley would not be spared but security forces would pull out all the stops to ensure that the local boys who have joined terror groups come back to the mainstream, Mr. Hasan said.

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