KASHMIR ISSUE; THE ONLY WIN WIN SOLUTION by Amanullah Khan
THE ONLY WIN WIN SOLUTION
Amanullah Khan, Patron-in-Chief (
Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front - JKLF)
Efforts to solve Kashmir Issue have been continuing since the very birth of the problem in 1947 but did not succeed for one reason or the other. About a dozen solutions of the Issue have so far been proposed by different quarters. These solutions include (1) UN supervised plebiscite per resolutions of the UN Security Council and UN Commission on Kashmir (UNCIP) to determine the political and constitutional status of Jammu Kashmir State, accepted by both India and Pakistan. (2) Division of the State per Dixon Plan (3) Division of the State on religious basis (4) Settlement of the Issue through negotiations between the governments of India and Pakistan (5) Joint Control of India and Pakistan on the entire State (6) Complete Independence of the whole State (7) Complete Independence of Kashmir Valley and the rest of the State to go to India and Pakistan (8) Making the present LoC permanent Indo-Pak border (9) Self Rule to all the three regions (10) To give the entire State or part of it under UN Trusteeship for some time followed by a final democratic settlement (11) Demilitarisation of the entire State.
The aforementioned proposed solutions including two (S.No.1 and 4 initially) accepted by both India and Pakistan could not be implemented due to opposition to them by one or the other party to the issue arguing, rightly or wrongly, that they were detrimental to their national interests. None-the-less there surely does exist a way to solve the Issue without hurting the national egos or harming the legitimate interests of
, India or Pakistan Kashmir.
THE ONLY WIN WIN SOLUTION
The solution of
Kashmir problem that does not hurt the national egos or harm the legitimate interests of any of the three parties hence cannot and should not reasonably be rejected by any of them, is that it should be peaceful, equitable, democratic and honourable.
The only solution that fully meets this criterion is to re-unite the divided Kashmir (officially termed as Jammu Kashmir State) in several peaceful phases, bringing it back to the position of August 14-15, 1947, after simultaneous withdrawal from there of all Indian and Pakistani armed and civilian personnel and to make it temporarily though, a fully independent State with a democratic (having a bicameral elected parliament) federal (Kashmir Valley, Jammu, Ladakh, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan as its provinces with maximum internal autonomy) and secular system of government and having compulsory friendly relations with all its neighbours, with India and Pakistan in particular, who should undertake not to violate the borders or interfere in the internal affairs of Kashmir and the latter should pledge not to let its territory or airspace to be used against any of her neighbours. In order to make the solution really democratic based, it is a must to subject the matter to the freely expressed will of the people. As such there be a free and fair referendum 15 years after independence, under international auspices in which people of the entire State will determine whether Kashmir should perpetuate its independence, become part of India or of Pakistan or adopt any other course and that fair and democratic verdict of Kashmiri people be accepted by all concerned i.e. India, Pakistan, all Kashmiris and international community, as final settlement of the Issue and implemented.This is the only solution of