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The three day  womens conference from both the sides of the Line of Actual Control that concluded on Sunday was encouraging and auspicious. It portended building of an atmosphere that would crea...

The three day  womens conference from both the sides of the Line of Actual Control that concluded on Sunday was encouraging and auspicious. It portended building of an atmosphere that would create conducive atmosphere for holding of more meaningful intra-Kashmir conferences that would help in paving way for holding a more purposeful and meaningful dialogue between India and Pakistan for finding an amicable and just solution for the Kashmir problem. The conference helped a section of the women from other side of the State to have a feel of the situation as was prevailing in the State. Notwithstanding the fact that the delegation from the Pakistan Administered Kashmir remained confined to some upper areas of Srinagar city and had not an opportunity to visit the rural areas especially the boarder areas but the statements made by some of the members of delegations suggested that they had smelled whiff of strangulation in the atmosphere even in what literally could be called as fortified area. Had the delegation been provided an opportunity to visit the areas which were virtually under siege for the past sixteen years they would have shuddered down their spines. There can be no denying that other side of Kashmir is more developed, it was without fear and had more freedom as stated by members of delegates but what they need to realize is that the other side is not caught up in web of strife and uncertainty. The  conference organized by  New Delhi based organization the Centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation, was different than many other conferences held in the past as it was comparatively held in free atmosphere but what it suffered  from was involving credible representation of women from this side of Kashmir. The conference would have been more meaningful if representatives from womens organization that represent public sentiment would have been involved. With all its deficiencies holding of the Intra-Kashmir Womens Conference was a good beginning. The consensus statement adopted at the end of conference though cleverly worded did manifest the situation as was obtaining in the state at present. It very tersely condemned the enforced disappearances, custodial killings unjustified arrests, rapes and molestation."  The statement also  called for "withdrawal of military forces from civilian areas, reduction of forces on both sides of the Line of Control, disbanding of Special Operation Group (of Police) and pro-government militants as well as decommissioning of militant groups to create an atmosphere conducive to a peaceful resolution of the conflict."  While one appreciates the statement made at the end of conference t ed itself to reconciliation and dialogue need to work extra hours in bringing about an attitudinal change in the powers in the capital and make them change their hackneyed policies and face the realities.  There is need for making the policy planners in the capital shed their blinkers and work with commitment for bringing in lasting peace in region.

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