TURNING its thoughts to the Kashmir issue, the PML-N has proposed the formation of a national committee on Kashmir for conflict settlement. While this speaks a lot about the commitment of the party to help out their Kashmiri brethren in their time of trial, the approach doesnt seem to be promising. Already there exists the parliamentary committee on Kashmir, which has largely proved to be ineffective, especially in presenting the case firmly before the international stage. What we have to do is to strengthen the parliamentary committee in the real sense of the term and use that as a potent political weapon to help the Kashmiris free themselves from the tyrannical Indian yoke that has been inflicting torture on them for a long time. Otherwise, the Indian propaganda machines and several powerful lobbies in the Western capitals would have a field day in hushing up the voices calling out for the valleys freedom from Indian clutches. Concurrently, there are other issues like the water dispute in need of attention by the government. New Delhi would have to be pulled up in a serious manner by the international community for its blatant violation of the Indus Waters Treaty diverting our share of water and causing the destruction of crops on millions of acres of land. A timely resolution of the dispute in accordance with the Treaty is a must if war is to be avoided. Meanwhile, it is quite comforting to know that the movement for Kashmiri liberation is gaining momentum by the day. However, keeping in view the circumstances, the leaders must realise that mere lip service to the struggle would mean a betrayal. It is a pity that given the Musharraf regimes handling of the issue, which was anything but apologetic, more and more parties are committing the fallacy of following in his footsteps, failing to see the issue in the right perspective. Fortunately, the masses have remained loyal to the cause. On the Kashmir Solidarity Day, the fervour and enthusiasm of tens of thousands of people, including women and children, who stepped out of their homes onto the roads holding banners and placards showing their love for Kashmiris should make it clear to everyone that Kashmir cannot be kept separate from Pakistan. Prime Minister Gilani in a meeting with AJK parliamentarians forming a human chain in Islamabad was certainly more than just a publicity stunt, as he forcefully highlighted the need for resolving the conflict in line with the UN resolutions. At the same time, the public should not only stay put; it must watch out for pitfalls like the Aman ki Asha through which our neighbour plans to stab us in the back.