Kashmiris are people like us. They have all the right to eat, drink, live and reside in their homes as they want as all people of the world do. They have their own language, culture, identity and a way of life. They have also their own likes and dislikes.
For finding a long lasting solution to the Kashmir issue, both India and Pakistan will need to accept the above facts in the same spirit and look at the Kashmiris with love and compassion as they have suffered a lot as a result of the politics of anger, hatred, revenge and mistrust over a long period of time.
Before talking Jammu & Kashmir, India and Pakistan should be able to believe each other and agree to co-exist peacefully as trusted neighbours and friends. For achieving this, they will be required to work hard to get rid of their mutual distrust, suspicion, fear and ill-will through mutual, frequent dialogue and discussion on the issues affecting them and arrive at a satisfactory solution.
Secondly, they will need to establish strong but cordial cultural and commercial relationship between them in the spirit of doing good to each other. When they will learn to appriciate and respect views of each other without any fear and doubt, the solution to the Kashmir problem will not be far to seek. The Kashmir problem is a very complex one. Its solution will not be found immediately.
The permanent solution to the Kashmir tangle will be possible only when both sides are inspired by the spirit of doing good to the Kashmiris so that they can live with dignity and honour raising their heads high as their counterparts in other places of the world do.
Md. H. Rahman,
East Garo Hills
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