FINALLY, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has taken a firm stance on Kashmir. While addressing the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, he linked the ongoing peace process with Indian representative External Affairs Minister S M Krishna to the inclusion of the Kashmir conflict in talks. Under the pretext of the Atoot Ang, the Indian side had always refused to talk on the core issue. And unfortunately, their plan to put Kashmir on the backburner, a part of the nefarious scheme to take it completely out of the context of Indo-Pak equation, appeared to be succeeding. There had been entire rounds of talks when both the sides did not talk about the issue and instead wasted time in photo ops and exchanging pleasantries, in a vivid example of displaying their ostrich-like feigned ignorance to the bloodshed that was occurring in the valley. However, now Pakistan through its Foreign Minister has sensibly sought to change the strategy, as manifested by his message to New Delhi that bilateral talks would need to include include Kashmir is a ray of hope that would also ultimately support the ongoing intifada. The more strongly and firmly we snub New Delhi, the more embarrassed it would feel for illegally suppressing the will of the people. And at this point in time, taking the issue before the global stage and unveiling the atrocities would definitely serve the purpose. While there is not much hope that the guilty conscience of the states like the US and UK would be pricked by the Kashmiri intifada, the statement by the OIC head Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu that the organisation strongly believes in the Kashmiris right to self-determination through the implementation of the UNSC Resolutions, also shows that the cry for liberation from the brutal Indian yoke is now making itself heard in various corners of the world. Meanwhile, India remains totally unconcerned about the situation and even about the fallout it would have for the entire region. The spillover effect of the conflagration has already become one of the biggest sources of political instability in India. It is a pity that External Affairs Minister S M Krishna, rather than reciprocating in the right manner to Qureshis call to settle the issue, has stated that his statement on Kashmir is unacceptable. However, that still shows that our Foreign Ministers bold stance could cause ripples and anxiety in Indian foreign policy circles. And there is no doubt that if we permanently stick to such posturing, there is reason to believe that it would add to New Delhis annoyance. One hopes that all future talks with India would revolve around resolution of the core issue.