Our Kashmir policy has brought disaster: Pakistani academic

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Islamabad, May 20 (IANS) Pakistan’s Kashmir policy “has brought nothing but misery all around”, a Pakistani academic said in comments published on Saturday.

And Pakistani diplomats who represent Islamabad’s position in the world’s capitals know the world doesn’t care about Kashmir, Pervez Hoodbhoy said in a commentary in Dawn.

“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 said a partial realisation of this had led to the detention of Lashkar-e-Taiba (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.

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“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.”

–IANS

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