It is totally unrealistic of Prime Minister Gilani to expect, given Indias present posture of imperiousness, especially when it comes to dealing with neighbours, that it would agree, through a process of dialogue, to respect the aspirations of the people of Kashmir in reaching a settlement of the disputed state. For, New Delhi knows very well the outcome of a free and fair vote through a UN-sponsored plebiscite, and that is why it keeps reciting the mantra of atoot ang It is, therefore, not willing to sit with the true representatives of Kashmiris and Pakistan together on the table at the same time to discuss the future of the state. It rightly apprehends that when it negotiates with them together, it would be facing the two who have one voice. But since New Delhi is working on a solution on its own terms, it feels that the stratagem of separate dialogue with each would serve its purpose well. It, perhaps, thinks it can bully and bluster them individually into acceptance of its visualised settlement and that is to permanently integrate Held Kashmir into India. Meanwhile, under the pretext of the histories and complexities of Indo-Pakistan relations, India would be able to drag on the process of negotiations, even though the point at issue the Kashmir dispute presents little difficulty in resolving it. Unwinding the so-called complexities is simply a question of implementing the relevant UN Security Council resolutions. However, New Delhi, to all appearances, is disinclined to take that unpalatable pill, and continues to delude itself with the thought that an unabated abuse of human rights of the freedom-loving Kashmiris, would be able to not only suppress the voices of liberation emanating from the Valley, but also tire out its interlocutors. Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao who comes to Islamabad for talks with her Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir with an open and constructive approach, according to Indian government sources, would, in fact, be pursuing that very agenda. Well, if negotiations are a mere ploy to tire out the parties demanding the right of self-determination, what else could be the way out for the suffering mass of over 10 million people? No doubt, war between nuclear powers is not a solution either; it could only mean the total destruction of both. Neither would wish to face that prospect. But, the seeming impasse can be broken through a skilful use of diplomacy. While the international community could be awakened to the extensive use of violence by the Indian security forces in the Valley, internally Pakistan would have to regain its strength to prove itself effective in persuading the world to raise their voice in favour of the implementation of the UNSC resolutions on Kashmir.