Courtesy :- Mahmood Zaman
Kashmir Solidarity Day is observed on February 5 each year since 1990 in Pakistan as a day of protest against Indian occupation and atrocities in Kashmir and seeking the world community’s attention to this core issue that has led to three wars and devoting a major portion of their national incomes to defence budgets. The issue now needs to be resolved to ensure lasting peace in South Asia, the home for one-fifth of the humanity, mostly suffering from abject poverty.The issue must also be resolved to avoid an eventuality that may cause a catastrophe in the region because Kashmir is the nuclear flash point of the region, surrounded by three nuclear powers.The consistent Pakistan stand found the way into a World Bank as it declared Jammu and Kashmir a disputed territory when Indians approached the world body in 2009 to finance the ‘Participatory Watershed Management Project’ in Arunachal Pradesh as an Indian scheme. The World Bank responded that it was not an Indian plan but that of Jammu and Kashmir that is a disputed territory. The global donor agency also insisted on a disclaimer from the Jammu and Kashmir government that funding for a project amounts to accepting Indian claim that J & K was an integral part of India. This is the first time that any world body has recognized a territory controversial. And this may be seen in the context of the success of Pakistan’s foreign policy.India has been maintaining the presence of a huge army in disputed Kashmir since 1990 and continues to confront resistence from the people and have not been able to bring peace and normalcy to the region for more than two decades.