A conference organised by a group of students belonging to both India and Pakistan at New York, it is much obvious that the issues of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) and the life in Azad Kashmir and thereof are the flashpoints of discussion. In this conference former Chief Minister (CM) of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) Omar Abdullah was invited as the chief guest to discuss and debate certain aspects of the relationship between the two neighbours who have been in constant state of war ever since they achieved independence from 200 years of British rule.
In his opening remarks Omar Abdullah very factually points out the underlying issues facing the two nations right from the time of independence and till current times. As a matter of enlightenment he very vividly brings out the circumstances in which the state of J&K acceded to the Union of India and the constitutional flexibility that the state enjoys under the realms of the constitution of India.
Omar Abdullah praised Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi for his attempts to reach out to the Pakistani government right from the day he assumed office. He also mentions the PM’s surprise visit to Lahore on the occasion of a private function at the residence of Nawaz Sharif.
On the question of whether the Line of Control (LoC) could be made the DE-facto international border between India and Pakistan, the former CM said, “General Pervez Musharraf’ s four point solution actually revolved around that which our former PMs Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Dr. Manmohan Singh tried to engage with him, that means there were some forward movements to that effect. My father has often said that, this is the only logical solution that will work.”
“I am pleased to hear that people in Azad Kashmir are living in peace. I am equally pleased to know that the export of terror has been in one direction. I have had family members that have died on account of terrorist camps that have been operating on the other side of the LoC,” said Omar Abdullah.