India finds itself victim of its own various falsehoods about Kashmir. The Kashmir Committee Chairman Maulana Fazlur Rehman pointed out that the strike in the Held Valley recently, on the occasion of the visit there by Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, showed that the Kashmiri people continued to fight for their freedom and the implementation of the UN resolutions promising them their right to self-determination. Indian Foreign Minister L. M. Krishna, whose worn claim that Kashmir was India’s atoot ang (unbreakable part) in his speech to the UN General Assembly, was rebutted by Pakistan’s Deputy Permanent Representative while exercising Pakistan’s right of reply. The Deputy Permanent Representative said that President Asif Zardari’s mention of the Kashmir issue during his speech was appropriate, as the issue was the subject of UN resolutions.

However, Mr Krishna did not seem to be able to leave well enough alone, while talking to journalists in New York on Tuesday, when he equated Pakistan’s desire to talk about the issue with India’s desire that Pakistan arrest those it accused of involvement in the Mumbai incident and hand them over. Mr Krishna’s rather desperate comparison fails on a number of levels. First, the tragedy was an isolated incident which bears no comparison to the ongoing, decades long, state-sponsored massacre in Kashmir. Then, the Mumbai incident is not on a matter agreed to between Pakistan and India on an international forum, while Kashmir is on the record of the UN itself. We are now in the aftermath of the Mumbai incident, while oppression continues in Kashmir. Mr Krishna by virtue of the claim that Kashmir is not an issue, has thus far has avoided talking to Pakistan about Kashmir and India’s blocking of the UN from implementing its resolutions. India has succeeded in using its influence in the comity of nations to its advantage and the Kashmiris disadvantage. It is time that Pakistan did the same. The issue which has embittered relations between the two for decades deserves more immediate resolution than the conferring of trade concessions on India’s MFN status, which will be welcomed, but after Kashmir.