Simmering Kashmir

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Sadaf Taimur
Kashmir is a long-standing conflict between India and Pakistan and we are aware that resolving it or even talking about this is a daunting task. But this is certainly not impossible! Jamal Qaiser (author), as Diplomatic Council’ Commissioner for UNO Affairs, gave a statement on Kashmir at the United Nations, last year and talked about potential threats related to Kashmir conflict and proposed solutions as well. Just after his speech, he met the Indian delegation at the United Nations and discussed the economic repercussions of Kashmir conflict. While talking to the delegation, Jamal Qaiser highlighted that for countries to flourish economically resolving Kashmir issue is crucial and urgent. Indian delegation agreed to what he was saying but mentioned that we can only agree to this off the record as we have a policy and we have to comply to that. The delegation appreciated how Jamal Qaiser presented the solution to the long-standing Kashmir issue. At this point he decided to write a book on this issue. We understand that region cannot achieve stability economically or socially until the Kashmir conflict is resolved but on the other hand many Kashmiris are also deprived of their basic rights. In the modern civilized world, now, the Kashmir issue should not be about how much land a country is going to get but it should be about justice and prosperity in the region. This book talks about the history of sub-continent starting from 16th century and discusses the British invasion, partition of the sub-continent and political games after the partition as well. The book tried to throw some light on the connection between the British invasion and Hindu-Muslim segregation followed by hatred, partition of the region, Kashmir conflict and lack of trust between two states. We also tried to underlie what went wrong on both sides and what can be done. This book presents the point of views, first and foremost as DC Commissioner for UN Affairs, in the attempt to portray this complex situation as a neutral observer. One of the authors, Jamal Qaiser, has been representing the Diplomatic Council as UN-Commissioner for UN-Affairs since 2016. The Diplomatic Council is a global think tank that sees itself as a bridge between diplomacy, on the one hand, and business and society on the other. It is a UN-accredited organization with special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. Jamal Qaiser‘s statement regarding Kashmir at the United Nations and the following conversation with the Indian delegation led to this book, and we have written it for those readers who seek a peaceful solution to the Kashmir conflict, who crave world peace, who have the foresight not to be influenced by war propaganda in politics and the media. In spite of the difficult situation, we trust that this conflict will be resolved peacefully and that our next generations will also live-in peace. For us to succeed, we must all make our contribution. No-one can evade this responsibility.