Pakistan`s Kashmir policy has brought nothing but disaster, admits Pakistani academic - READ

Pervez Hoodbhoy said that Pakistani diplomats, who represent Islamabad`s position in the world`s capitals, know the world doesn`t care about Kashmir.

Pakistan`s Kashmir policy has brought nothing but disaster, admits Pakistani academic - READ
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Islamabad: A Pakistani academic has said that Pakistan`s policy on Kashmir "has brought nothing but misery all around".

In commentary 'Kashmir: hard choices only' published in Dawn on Saturday, Pervez Hoodbhoy said that Pakistani diplomats, who represent Islamabad`s position in the world`s capitals, know the world doesn`t care about Kashmir.

"Thoughtful Pakistanis must realise that their country`s Kashmir-first policy has brought nothing but misery all around. Using proxies has proven disastrous," Hoodbhoy said.

He added that a partial realisation of this had led to the detention of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) leaders "but Pakistan`s Army must crack down on all Kashmir-oriented militant groups" in Pakistan.

"Such groups are a menace to Pakistan`s society and armed forces," he added.

Hoodbhoy, who teaches mathematics and physics in Lahore and Islamabad, said the excesses committed by Pakistan-based mujahideen in Jammu and Kashmir "eclipsed those of Indian security forces.

"The massacres of Kashmiri Pandits, targeting of civilians accused of collaborating with India, destruction of cinema houses and liquor shops, forcing women into the veil and revival of Shia-Sunni disputes, severely undermined the legitimacy of the Kashmiri freedom movement.”

"Pakistan`s `bleed India with a thousand cuts` policy is in a shambles today and jihad is an ugly word in the world`s political lexicon."

“Every conflict in history, no matter how bitter, has ultimately been resolved. In Kashmir’s case whether this happens peacefully, or after some apocalypse, cannot be predicted,” he concluded.

(With IANS inputs)