29 November, 2020

The Common Bond Of Dilemma

Agra is only the beginning, but lack of intent will make multilateralism on Kashmir inevitable

The Common Bond Of Dilemma
Conventional wisdom has it that the summit meeting between Pakistan president and CE Pervez Musharraf and Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee will scarcely go beyond the reiteration of old positions and trite themes, yielding little tangible gains in the end. But government sources insist the ground has already been prepared for Musharraf and Vajpayee to come out together in Agra and jointly declare their intention of ushering in peace in Kashmir.

Such a declaration will, subsequently, pave the way for working out the nitty-gritty of the method through which the intention can be implemented. Government sources say since the path to peace is usually long and tortuous, involving tough bargaining and complex negotiations, the joint declaration of upholding the peace principle in the Valley would consequently represent a significant forward movement—the desire to engage each other and attempt to break the impasse in Kashmir. It would also rekindle hope in both countries and prepare their populations for working out compromises in the future. One inevitable byproduct will...


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