‘India, Pak lack political will to resolve K-issue’

Cross LoC Meet


Jammu, Dec15: The civil society members from both sides of the Line of Control (LoC), on Saturday explored and discussed several options to ensure the maximum participation of people of Jammu and Kashmir from both sides for finding out a permanent solution to the Kashmir imbroglio.
 On the second day of the cross LoC civil society conference, apart from whole range issues that were discussed during the meet, the focal point of discussion revolved around ‘Who should represent whom and how’. Members also laid stress on creating a leadership among themselves by broadening the base of the civil society.
 Divergent views of the members from both sides emerged during the conference. Some members emphasized on people to people contact, some laid stress on opening of all historic routes for trade and free movement of people, while others discussed options of creating a political space for the broader civil society so that the view point could be projected more emphatically.  
 “The civil society shall take every effort to widen its base in both parts of the state so as to create political space”, Aziz Ahmed Khan, former Ambassador of Pakistan to India said.
 Prof Rekha Choudhary of Jammu University, while elaborating this said, “The civil society shall at the same time discuss as who among them is going to represent and lead them”.
 Majority of the members from both sides put forward several suggestions for making the civil society a broad based one so that divergent and maximum opinions and suggestions from different parts could be incorporated towards finding a long lasting solution of the problem.
 While expressing their views, some members were of the firm view that there is a lack of political will on part of both Indian and Pakistani governments towards finding a long lasting solution to the problem. “Both the governments are least interested in resolving the issue as it suits their interests. There is also external influence and interference in Jammu and Kashmir”, Retired Chief Justice Manzoor Ahmed Geelani opined.
 Most members said that both the governments have failed to take the people of the state on board, while finding out a solution to the problem. “There are diplomatic talks and talks at different levels which have so far failed to yield any result but the people of the state on both sides, who are the real stakeholders, are never taken on board, their aspirations are never addressed”, former Chief Justice of High court (PAK), Justice Abdul Majid Malik said.
 He said that it is due to the efforts of the Center for Dialogue and Reconciliation that the cross LoC trade has been started, historic routes have been opened and the bus service has been started.
 While criticizing the mainstream political parties of both sides for failing to live up to the expectations of the people, a few members also suggested that the ’Self Rule and the ‘Autonomy’ of the mainstream political parties could also prove to be handy in meeting the aspirations of the people to some extent. “The government should consider these also”, they suggested.
 Members also explored ways to strengthen current Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) and partnerships across the LoC among people working in different fields and profession.
 It may be mentioned that Centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation (CDR), New Delhi, has been organizing this dialogue process since 2005 and the Jammu conference is the fifteenth in this series. A total of 18 members from across LoC are participating in the conference. 

Lastupdate on : Sat, 15 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 15 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sun, 16 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST

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