I read with interest your very forceful editorial under caption "Overboard peacenik" about Mr. Zardari's latest statement on Kashmir (Jul 5). I fully agree with you that Kashmir is the core issue. If it is not solved there is no point in improving bilateral relations with India. It may be added for information of Mr. Zardari that Kashmir is a very important part of the unfinished agenda of Partition. For Kashmiris it is the question of right of self-determination. For Pakistan it is not just a matter of territory that should have rightly been a part of her. More so, it is a question of her survival since all her main rivers namely Chenab, Jhelum and Indus flow in from Kashmir. They are the abe-i-hayat (water of life) for its vast irrigation network - the world's largest. It is the source of food, fibre, power and socio-economic backbone of the country. Kashmir is truly the jugular vein of Pakistan as was rightly declared by Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. -B.A. MALIK, Lahore, via e-mail, July 6.