If anyone had thought that time would have dampened the fervour of the Pakistani public to secure the freedom of their Kashmiri kith and kin from the illegal occupation of India, the single-mindedness with which they called for the resolution of the dispute on the Kashmir Solidarity Day should put that misgiving at rest. It was a show of complete solidarity with them visible throughout the length and breadth of the country by means of rallies, seminars and conferences where they renewed their resolve to pressurise India to honour its own promise to let the people of the disputed state exercise their right to self-determination through a UN-supervised plebiscite to decide whether they want to join Pakistan or India. New Delhis reservation about fulfilling that promise stems from the reality on the ground that all its tactics, including brutal pressure, have failed to bring round the occupied people to opt to live with India. Hence, the notion of atoot ang and the excuse of cross-border militancy to prevent any move or talks to take up the issue with the seriousness that it cries for. Not surprisingly, therefore, we find Indian External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna bringing up the bogey of the presence of terrorism in Pakistan just a day before Foreign Secretaries of the two countries were to meet to work out the agenda of the Krishna-Qureshi meeting due next month. The idea was to forestall giving Kashmir the priority it merits and while away the time on plaints of terrorism. Such a get-together would be an utter waste of time, and, under no circumstances, should Islamabad agree to take part in such a perfunctory exercise. It should only be result-oriented, meaningful negotiations directed towards the realisation of the actual gaol of the right to self-determination in which Pakistan should be participating. The tempo generated by the Solidarity Day should not be allowed to wane, and we should step up efforts to apprise the world capitals of the atrocities and the egregious human rights violations that the Indian security forces have been committing in the Kashmir Valley, thanks, to a great measure, to their indifference to this long festering sore in the subcontinent. The US and its handmaiden UN readily compromise on their principles and meekly bow to the Indian wishes, strangely touting, at the same time, the importance of peace in this vital strategic region. President Obama would have to shed the burden of thinking in the US policymaking circles that has managed to bring him round to ignore, rather give up, the pursuit of ensuring that the Kashmir solution should be in accordance with the desire of the people, to which he had committed to his voters. The Americans should know that Pakistan occupies an important strategic location that cannot be overshadowed by the transient decline in its image caused by the inept and corrupt leaders at present ruling the roost in the country. Given the right lot at the helm, there is little doubt that it would rebound quickly.