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Raghavan speaks on Indo-Pak, says not easy to harmonise relations
J&K the stumbling block
1/12/2018 9:48:52 PM
Early Times Report

Jammu, Jan 12: Former diplomat TCA Raghavan who served in Pakistan as High Commissioner has said it is not easy to harmonize relations between India and Pakistan as there exists deep mistrust between the two neighbouring nations.
"There are no easy and quick solutions to issues between India and Pakistan. The issues between the two countries are characterized by lack of trust and they can only be addressed through diplomatic and political channels," TCA Raghavan said. He added that he could not think there was an "easy descriptive solution" anyone could offer on India-Pakistan issues.
"The issues are of mistrust. You can only address issues of mistrust through diplomatic and political processes. There are no easy, quick solutions," he stressed.
India-Pakistan relations have got nose-dived over a host of issues, including cross-border terrorism. What further strained the relations between the two nations was the last year's sentencing to death of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav by a Pakistani court. New Delhi has been insisting on an end to cross-border terrorism before a meaningful dialogue process could start with Islamabad.
Raghavan also said that "visas have lost the kind of resonance they used to have". It is a different matter that MEA Sushma Swaraj has all along been prompt in responding to distress calls of Pakistani nationals seeking visas for medical emergencies.
The fundamental issue which has set India against Pakistan and vice-versa is Jammu & Kashmir. Pakistan says Jammu & Kashmir is an unfinished agenda of the partition which is not the case as Jammu & Kashmir was not part of British India like hundreds of other princely states. India says Jammu & Kashmir is an integral part of India and the only issue that still remains unresolved between the two nations is the determination of the political future of the Jammu & Kashmir territories, PoJK and Gilgit-Baltistan. Neither India nor Pakistan is prepared to budge even an inch from its stand. It is Pakistan which has to, not India because the India's own survival depends upon what happens to Jammu & Kashmir. There are think-tanks in Delhi, who believe, and rightly, that if Jammu & Kashmir falls, India would also not survive. More over, the Indian Government would collapse the day it decides to compromise the age-old Indian position on the state.
So, the deadlock between the two nations needs to be understood in this very context.
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