The indefatigable Kashmiri leader Syed Ali Geelani has said, I will only be satisfied when all Indian forces stationed in Kashmir are withdrawn. His comment came as a rebuff to New Delhis offer of reducing the troop strength in Held Kashmir by 25 percent. And even on this cut, a storm has arisen in the Indian establishment including Army Chief V K Singh, who was quick to express that he would not accept the proposal under any circumstances. The proposal for troops cut had come from Indian Home Secretary G K Pillai, who termed it as a confidence building measures. And the turning down of the Home Secretarys offer by the Indian army chief shows, on the one hand, Indias obstinacy to hold on to Kashmir at all costs and, on the other, the confusion that prevails in its leaderships mind about how much force is needed for that purpose. The army does not want to relax its vicious grip over the Valley and is, therefore, against the governments initiative to cut down the number of troops there. The perception of Indias civilian ascendancy over the armed forces also becomes questionable because it turns out that its Kashmir policy is dictated by the army and the government could not dare defy the armys challenge. The world that is being frequently lectured by the Indian media on the virtues of Indian democracy must not forget that such an attitude could only be condoned in a military-dominated political set-up. The voice of the people of Kashmir must now be heard. As stated by Syed Ali Shah Geelani, the Kashmiris have had enough of Indian ploys and sham CBMs like troops cut. They unequivocally demand the settlement of the dispute through the implementation of the United Nations Security Councils resolutions. The Indian government cannot ignore the reality that the conflict is like a time bomb, which keeps ticking, serving as a warning that to let disputes between nuclear power countries linger could make for disastrous results.