16 June, 2021

I Pray That India, Pakistan Go To War: Dar

Michael Krepon talked to Abdul Majid Dar about the charges of being an agent of the Indian security forces by the Pakistan-based leaders of Hizbul Mujahideen and his hopes for the future.

I Pray That India, Pakistan Go To War: Dar
One of the many tragedies befalling Kashmir is that positive political developments on the ground are stymied by erupting violence. On a recent trip to the Valley, I was again reminded of how much raw political talent resides in the mosaic that is Jammu and Kashmir. There are many ways to resume political work for the betterment of people aside from the working of the state government. Some, like former Hizbul Mujahideen commander Abdul Majid Dar, are now grappling with new ideas on how to be of service to their people. The old construct that public service can only be provided by engineering a settlement between India and Pakistan has led to a dead end. After all, if Washington has not been welcomed by the Indian government to hammer out such a settlement, why would the Hurriyat Conference be invited to do so?

In other political precincts, there is a positive ferment under way from the jockeying associated with the state assembly elections. Attempts to manipulate or manage these new political tendrils will only result in additional harm. The rhetoricians haven't established...

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