Thanks to the unmitigated brutalities committed by India on the people of Kashmir to thwart their ambition to get out of its stranglehold, the disputed state has for long been in the spotlight. The world, howsoever unfeeling it has become due to the efforts of New Delhis propaganda machinery and the charm of its growing economic stature, has been constantly reminded by the beleaguered Kashmiris that it has an unfinished sacred task to implement: its resolution about holding a plebiscite under UN-auspices to let them decide their future, whether they want to join Pakistan or India. In the meantime, their unbending resolve and persistent struggle over the years have cost them hundreds of thousands lives. As the oppressive hold continues, so do their protests in the firm belief that their cries and suffering would soon leave India with no option but to leave, whether the world conscience wakes up or not. As it is, China remains one of the few countries that have steadfastly and openly supported Pakistans stand on Kashmir. Talking to journalists in Beijing, its Foreign Office spokesman said that the two countries would have to settle the issue on the negotiating table. It is unfortunate that India has for some time been putting the process of composite dialogue on hold on the flimsy excuse that Islamabad first have to meet the requirement of its charge of involvement in the Mumbai attacks and close down the so-called terrorist training camps, which, it propagates, keep cross-border infiltration alive to create trouble across the border. Both the conditions lack substance. New Delhi provides no credible evidence of Islamabads involvement at Mumbai, nor is there any sign of camps on the Pakistani soil. In contrast to the Chinese position, the US State Department has tried to please New Delhi by indicating the disputed state on its website as if it were a part of India. Contrary to the internationally recognised position, the website shows the entire Indo-Pakistan border, including Kashmir, as international border. The rise of China is so galling to the US that it is desperately trying to shore up Indias strength to develop it as Chinas counterweight. To demonstrate their friendship with Pakistan, the Chinese have announced that the two countries are about to conclude another agreement on the supply of nuclear energy that would make Pakistan much stronger than India. On their part, to keep up the tempo of their demand for freedom, Kashmiris in occupied part observed the 'right of self-determination day on January 5 when in 1949 the UN Security Council adopted a resolution to that effect. Syed Ali Geelani, the intrepid Kashmiri leader, and other freedom fighters addressed a seminar at Srinagar, urging the UN to recognise its responsibility in this context. At Islamabad also speakers underlined the rightness of the cause. The issue calls for a quick resolution; if the world fails to step in to put a halt to the widespread instances of kidnapping, torture and death, it would have to bear the guilt of these atrocities.