When Prime Minister Gilani says that Kashmir is Pakistans jugular vein, and that there can be no bargaining over it, he could be suspected of merely indulging in electoral rhetoric, considering that he said this while addressing a rally in Palandri, in the run-up to the Azad Kashmir elections on June 26. He might also in mind the fact that Indian occupation forces are having the issue of laser guns speeded up, it seems that the talks with India on which his government set so much store have not had much effect, with the latest rounds of talks taking place in Islamabad between the Foreign Secretaries, with India allowing Pakistan to raise the Kashmir issue, but without its having made any move towards a solution of the problem in the light of the wishes of the Kashmiri people. If the Prime Minister spoke in Palandri, Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif was campaigning in Kotli and took time off from criticism of President Asif Zardari to make promises about what would happen if his party came to power. It was not made clear how it planned to use power in Muzaffarabad to further the cause of self-determination of the Kashmiri people. Minister of State for Foreign affairs Hina Rabbani Khar was right to tell visiting UK Foreign Secretary William Hague that Kashmir was the real issue between India and Pakistan, both because this was correct, and because it is Pakistans duty to use such diplomatic resources to convince the international community to use the influence of individual countries with India to persuade it to implement the only possible solution to the Kashmir issue, one to which it had agreed when it was formulated six decades ago in the UN Security Council: a UN-supervised plebiscite to determine the will of the Kashmiri people. Until that is done, the Pakistani government should keep working on the international community. Telling Mr Hague was important, because Kashmir is more or less the last item on the unfinished business of Partition and was left by the British, though it tries to wriggle out of any responsibility for it. Also, the UK being an important ally of the USA, its opinion would weigh considerably with the worlds sole superpower, which has decided to make India its regional counterweight against China, and thus support it in its most egregious claims against its neighbours. There may be desire for a solution to the Kashmir issue, but it must be just and equitable, and meet the wishes of the Kashmiri people, otherwise it will not last.