Kashmiris, being Primary Stakeholders, must be Central to any Dialogue

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By Tahir Majeed, Syed Iqbal Nazki & Fida Firdous

Recently, India has offered a unilateral dialogue process apparently for the resolution of Kashmir conflict. This doesn’t potentially act only as a goodwill gesture, but also could lay the foundation and scope for a wider Indo- Pak dialogue. However, the most crucial factor which must not be ignored, is the equal participation of Kashmiris in this dialogue process. Being going further we must understand that we cannot predict the outcome of the dialogue and it can’t be said with authority that the offer is not genuine. Such things can only be decided as and when the dialogue process begins.
From what was once perceived to be a heaven on the Earth Kashmir turned into a “Raging Inferno”, Kashmir has become a battleground. The once calm streets of Kashmir have turned red with human blood.
The first and the foremost factor for the success of the dialogue depends on all the three stakeholders , that is, India, Pakistan and Kashmiris. The second factor which plays very crucial role is that the dialogue should be structured rather than random. Both India and Pakistan will have to forget their past differences if the dialogue is to be successful and result orientated.
Another important factor is the nature of the role of Kashmiri leadership plays. It must not be forgotten that any pre-conditions for dialogue must be supplemented by ample logic reasoning and absolute truth.
Considering the utmost sensitivities of the current circumstances, dialogue should be in the interest of Kashmiri people and should turn two nuclear archrivals in to best of neighbours. This step can for sure, pave a way for the stability of the whole sub-continent and will avert any possible unforeseen threats to the peace and stability in the entire region.
The recently released book “ The Spy Chronicles” by the former intelligence heads of India and Pakistan, should bring masses of both the countries, especially Kashmiris on the forefront of reality that war and turmoil are manufactured for reasons unknown without taking into consideration their impact on human lives. This book instead of being criticised should act as an eye opener for all the masses , who are or will be the victims of such conspiracies.
It is about time that all this comes to an end; Kashmiris have lost everything in the conflict, lots of mistakes have been committed in the past, and many generations carried the burden of those mistakes. Now, it becomes an unavoidable moral responsibility that this burden is not thrust on the forthcoming generations.

The authors are associated with Sehar Foundation. This articles is the outcome a discussions between the three writers held in Srinagar under the banner of the Sehar Foundation. They can be reached at a surrogate email: fidafirdous8@gmail.com

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