In a speech before a public gathering at Kotli in Azad Kashmir, Mian Nawaz Sharif unequivocally stated that it were the 'scheming Generals who had stymied his efforts to resolve the Kashmir issue. He explained that Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had, on a tour of Pakistan, proposed to name 1999 as the year of Kashmirs independence but a cabal of Generals headed by Pervez Musharraf sabotaged the initiative by starting the Kargil conflict. He summed up his argument with the claim that if his government had not been toppled, Kashmir would have been resolved. While hearing these assertions one cannot help but recall that the solution that apparently was under consideration at the time did not conform to the UNSC resolutions which give Kashmiris the right to decide their future through a UN-sponsored plebiscite. Secondly, the argument that the Vajpayee-led BJP government was willing to find a solution to the conflict also appears to be a too farfetched because this party has been the most hard-line of the political forces in India when it comes to denying the Kashmiris their right to self-determination. It has been a firm believer in considering the Valley as Indias atoot ang. Given its track record of stirring up communal tension and instigating violence against Muslims like the destruction of Babri Mosque, to state that it was ready to resolve the dispute is to stand logic on its head. Mian Nawaz Sharifs zeal and intentions are no doubt genuine as he might be feeling the pain other Pakistanis feel about their Kashmiri brethren, but caution must also be exercised against the tendency to give preference to trade with India and thinking that this can be a stepping stone to the conflicts resolution. Kashmir is a core issue that first needs to be settled in line with UN resolutions before there can be lasting peace in the subcontinent.