There has never been any truly significant move towards resolution of the Kashmir issue since independence, and it is not an inch closer to being resolved today. Now the chief minister of Indian-occupied Kashmir has weighed in after the latest set of incidents in Kashmir by saying that war is not an option and dialogue with Pakistan is the only way to end the violence in a valley that retains its beauty despite the bloodshed. Mehbooba Mufti recognised that she might get labelled as ‘anti-national’ by the talking heads on the evening political programmes but claimed it mattered little, and that the only way forward is dialogue with war not being an option. The Pakistani position for the duration of the current government has generally been conciliatory but the Indian response to all attempts to move towards dialogue has been dismissive and unconstructive. We commend Mehbooba Mufti for being a voice of reason and we wish that there were others like her.
Source: The Express Tribune February 14, 2018 05:15 UTC