The Kashmir cataclysm

There was lots of nationalist rhetoric on social media about the recent confrontation and escalation of tensions between Pakistan and India a few days back. The rancour exhibited by the electronic media of both the rival countries added to the hostilities. Today, the puerile language on both sides of the line of partition is an euphemism for avocation that has sidelined the mendicant and execrable condition of the downtrodden communities of both countries.

Soon after independence in August 1947, both of these nations came to blows over the issue of Kashmir. The dispute of possible solution was portrayed as controversial issue due to the fallacy of strategic depth that resulted in the failure of both the countries to achieve the goals of creating an egalitarian society. The net result of Kashmir dispute is a petrifying and pestilential scenario that now haunts the people of both countries in the form of nuclear war.

The spectre of such conflict occurring in the future gives rise to some serious questions that need to be answered. First, who will pay the external debts and debt services that have trapped both of these states? Second, who will be victorious during nuclear belligerency? The reply to all these questions is that the real winners in such a situation shall be the International Financial Institutions (IFIs) and all other countries that can try each and every effort to make these two countries docile.

The horseshoe Falls which straddles the border between US and Canada are not only touristic destinations but are also income generating machines for common citizens on both sides. The same can also be applied to the beautiful valley of Kashmir

Perhaps, the subcontinent will be recolonised again by someone else or become a ground for proxy wars for other nations. According to this writer, it is time for the leaders of both countries to ponder over the future consequences of more . After spending so much money and energy on war efforts and military capabilities, these two countries should fight against interest and usury based fractional reserve banking, poverty, unemployment, corruption, embezzlement, terrorism, drug trafficking, energy crises, child sexual abuse and environmental issues.

The prosperous future of both India and Pakistan lies in the early and peaceful solution of the Kashmir dispute. The horseshoe Falls that straddles the border between US and Canada are not only touristic destinations but are also income generating machines for common citizens on both sides. The same can also be applied to the beautiful valley of Kashmir on both sides by making it a neutral touristic destination. It is hoped that the tomorrow of today will bring a new aurora of hope and blessings to the region.

The writer is the medical graduate of Xi’an Jiaotong University, P.R. China and currently serves as medical officer at DHQ Teaching Hospital, KDA, Kohat

Published in Daily Times, March 25th 2019.

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