As Hurriyat visits Pakistan
Will they gather courage this time?
All Parties Hurriyat Conference (moderate) led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has raised a hype over its forthcoming visit to Pakistan. It is being given out as if this visit would end all the miseries of Kashmiris and a Kashmir solution is just waiting to happen. It is good that the Mirwaiz and his colleagues are visiting Pakistan and want to be heard and draw a roadmap leading to the Kashmir solution.
Before, the question is raised that how do they expect that the solution will come without talking to Delhi, it is time to count some positives of this forthcoming visit. Much has changed in Kashmir and Pakistan during all these years – since the Hurriyat under its last visit to Kashmir in 2007. The two sides have to fill in many blanks of the period that has gone by. It is good that the two sides should talk.
Although the factual position is that the Hurriyat Conference that was formed in 1992-1993 is having no mandate this time to speak on behalf of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, yet sometimes the people not mandated can work wonders. That miracle can happen if the Hurriyat Conference has ideas which can bring breakthrough in a situation that is getting murkier day by day. The Hurriyat and its leaders should share their ideas with the people, whom they claim to represent.
I am sure that the Hurriyat is conscious of the fact these ideas should be in consonance with the ideas and with the changing situation in the sub continent. It also is a fact that the Mirwaiz who was protagonist of the United States of Jammu and Kashmir, and later he turned as a cheerleader of former President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf. One can only hope that the Hurriyat remembers what they were talking of when Musharraf was President of Pakistan: irrelevant borders, demilitarization from both sides of the Line of Control, self governance and overarching body to look after the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir, as it stood in 1947. Gilgit and Baltistan were included in that formula, though that four –point formula was silent on the territory that Pakistan had gifted to China for constructing Karkoram highway. Again, it should be noted that Pakistan is also talking of including China in the talks on Kashmir. Hurriayat got to reveal its mind first before raising the hype as if Pakistan is a panacea for Kashmir crisis.
Have they ever told Pakistan that why it did 26/11 to India, thus bringing to a halt, what was till then a sustainable dialogue between India and Pakistan. If they have some questions for New Delhi, “what came out of the previous phases of dialogue with Delhi or what happened to various reports,”. Did they ever ask Pakistan, why Islamabad was raising tension on borders - tense borders can never become irrelevant nor the demilitarization can take place in such situations. This is a reality and it should be accepted the way it was, any topping would not help.
What new are they going to offer to Pakistan to make their formula acceptable. Then they would have also to make it sure that whatever they agree upon is acceptable to both the Indian and Pakistani establishments - the establishment definition travels beyond the government.
Quite often, a question is asked by many in New Delhi. That is logical too. “Why do the Hurriyat leaders rush to Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi on the invite of a secretary or even junior officer, while they ignore the calls of the Indian government.” This question has never been answered in a satisfactory manner. First, has Pakistan satisfied them. Pakistan’s role in promotion of the insurgency, militancy and destablisation is too obvious. Pakistan has no friendly strategy toward the government of India to settle the issue. Nor GoI has any strategy to draw Kashmiris toward them. The fire fighting situations bring fire tenders and those are recalled even before the flames are put out for ever.
Though the political observers believe that this is not the best time for the Hurriyat to visit Pakistan at this stage, yet if it can make any breakthrough it is welcome. For that it would have first to recognize that unilateral dialogue never delivers the desired results.
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