04 December, 2020

"Kashmir Can't Be Resolved Bilaterally"

Pakistani foreign minister Gohar Ayub Khan

"Kashmir Can't Be Resolved Bilaterally"

Now that the talks have failed, what exactly do you want India to do?

India has to come with an open mind that this needs a resolution and to accept that Kashmir is a dispute. Naturally it cannot be resolved in one meeting. It takes time, it moves step by step. Other issues are also important like trade, Wullar barrage, Siachen, terrorism... but peace and security and Jammu and Kashmir are the two foremost. Particularly now when both are nuclear powers with advanced delivery systems. Like the world powers were taken by surprise by the nuclear tests, the possibility of a nuclear conflict can't be ruled out and the world has to wake up to it. Passing resolutions does not help. Both the countries are locked in a conflict in Jammu and Kashmir and this is the world's major flash-point. The world has to realise that and should try to use their good offices as third parties to resolve the J&Kdispute. Pakistan and India do not have a record of resolving any dispute on their own. In the Indus Water dispute, the World Bank offered its good offices...



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