PRIME Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani's observation during the NAM summit in Sharm El-Sheikh on Wednesday, that there could be no lasting peace in the region unless the issue of Kashmir is resolved, should be heeded by the Indian leadership that never tires of badmouthing Islamabad. It is a pity that Indian PM Manmohan Singh hardly appears to be taking this factor into consideration. As things stand, signals coming from the conference indicate that the issue does not rank high on the Indian leadership's agenda. For instance, there has been little progress in talks between the Foreign Secretaries of both countries in Egypt. The composite dialogue therefore remains stalled. Making the dialogue process conditional to what the Indians call 'visible and credible action' against the terrorists, particularly cracking down on the outfits which were allegedly behind the Mumbai attacks, is not the right way to go about things. New Delhi is at fault, because this assumption amounts to jumping to the conclusion that it was Pakistan that had sponsored the attack on its soil. Unfortunately, all of its policies ever since the events of 26/11 have been based on this premise, which by any reckoning is flawed. The bilateral relationship cannot improve if India sticks to an erroneous kind of thinking, that Islamabad is in cahoots with the militants. Meanwhile, India's intransigence and its insistence on carrying on with its hegemonic designs in South Asia - its persecution and denial of the right of self-determination to the hapless Kashmiris and its refusal to make any amends in this policy on a platform like the NAM is absolutely reprehensible, to say the least.