Srinagar: In a bid to break the deadlock on the Kashmir issue, the Track -2 diplomacy practised by India-Pakistan has started yielding results. With the consent of the moderate camp of the Hurriyat Conference, both countries have agreed to put the Kashmir issue on the backburner for a period of ten years.  

During this period, economic matters will be given priority over political issues.

While Hurriyat Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq is in the capital since Saturday, Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party leader Shabir Ahmad Shah is about to reach Delhi to discuss the policy. Although Shah confirmed that the talks are in progress, he denied that the formula has already been inked.

The idea of freezing the Kashmir issue for a decade is expected to pave the way for some firm decisions regarding economic and political development which will help bring the people of J&K to the mainstream. Under the policy, the government will provide special packages for boosting employment and industrial sector in the state.

This would also help in lifting the harsh laws like AFSPA and DAA besides reducing the number of army personnel in the state. The proposal of encouraging free cross-border trade and lifting the ban on import and export of various commodities has also been included in the formula.

While banking facilities will be provided for traders of both the nations, visa rules will also be simplified to facilitate movement of people across the border. Some initiatives which will eventually carve the way for permanent and binding solution on the Kashmir issue will also be taken.

Although, no formal announcement has been made by India in this regard, Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said, “The Track-2 diplomacy is moving in the right direction. Both the countries are in a position to agree on the formula.”

According to the sources, Mirwaiz has been in touch with the leaders of both the countries since long. During his overseas stay, he had agreed on the formula in his talks with the diplomats and officials of both the nations. However, on his return to Kashmir, differences on the formula surfaced among his colleagues. But dousing the fire, Mirwaiz reached Delhi on Saturday to participate in a round of talks with the officials at the Pakistani embassy.

In order to win the confidence of the international community keeping a keen watch on the Kashmir issue, India and Pakistan have decided to keep Hurriyat on the forefront.

(JPN/Bureau)