Kash­mir dis­pute

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Kash­mir dis­pute on the UN agenda is the old­est un­re­solved in­ter­na­tional con­flict in the world to­day. In fact, this is the core is­sue be­tween Pak­istan and In­dia that has be­dev­illed re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries since Au­gust 1947. While the State has ma­jor­ity of Mus­lim pop­u­la­tion, and it not only en­joys geo­graph­i­cal prox­im­ity with Pak­istan but also has es­sen­tial eco­nomic link­ages with the ter­ri­to­ries con­sti­tut­ing Pak­istan. Once again, Kash­mir is on the boil and the rou­tine life is badly af­fected in the In­dia- held Kash­mir be­cause of a shut­down by lo­cal de­mon­stra­tors over the deaths of pro­test­ers in clashes with In­dian security per­son­nel since the as­sas­si­na­tion of a 22- years old com­man­der, Burhan Wani in 2016 and his two as­so­ci­ates. In fact, It has been the tri­umph of the un­beat­able hu­man spirit of peo­ple to seek free­dom and the right to de­ter­mine their po­lit­i­cal and ev­ery­day fate. The ag­gres­sive ap­proach of the In­dian gov­ern­ment to the Kash­miri peo­ple has greatly led to de­te­ri­o­rat­ing cir­cum­stances and can lead to cat­a­strophic con­se­quences for the whole re­gion. It is for the right of self- dert­er­mi­na­tion that over 100,000 Kash­miris have laid down their lives. The ba­ton- charge of free­dom has passed on to their fifth gen­er­a­tion and it is a mo­ment of great pride and pain as they all wit­ness their next gen­er­a­tion join­ing the jour­ney of free­dom and sac­ri­fic­ing their lives. It is a ques­tion to all those who call the young ide­al­ists “ter­ror­ists” that in which ter­ror­ist’s fu­neral will you wit­ness hun­dreds and thou­sands of men, women and chil­dren par­tic­i­pat­ing that too de­fy­ing re­stric­tions, drown­ing their lives in risk and ready to face bul­lets. Di­a­logue is the best op­tion to am­i­ca­bly re­solve all is­sues in­clud­ing the dis­pute of Kash­mir. Zee­shan Nasir Via email per­son who is well trained in a par­tic­u­lar job. The tea ven­dor is a shin­ing ex­am­ple of it. Su­jit De, Kolkata, In­dia

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