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January 25, 2020

Reality check

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January 25, 2020

This letter refers to the news report ‘Govt to launch countrywide campaign highlighting ‘Kashmir issue’: Qureshi’ (Jan 23, 2020). I fail to understand what purpose this countrywide campaign to convince the already convinced will serve. The government, and of course our ally China, have done all they can, even on the international and UN level. However, the response has been quite disappointing; the best we have heard is the expression of serious concern over the situation in Kashmir, and an emphasis on the need to solve the problem bilaterally.

Though US President Donald Trump has offered to mediate between India and Pakistan; India has flatly rejected third-party involvement and insists that the problem has to be solved through direct negotiations between India and Pakistan. Thus, instead if indulging in futile publicity campaigns, the government should hold serious deliberations on Kashmir, adopt a realistic stand in-line with the present-day realities and then request our ally China to organize negotiations with India.

S R H Hashmi

Karachi

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