Two stories in the papers on Tuesday serve to reveal the inner thinking of the PPP-led political set-up at present in power at Islamabad about its waning interest in resolving the core dispute of Kashmir with India. Underlining its keenness to develop bilateral trade with India in order ultimately to normalise relations with it, the news-items also point to the governments total indifference to the plight of the brutally abused people of Kashmir and accept whatever settlement New Delhi chooses to impose on them. To support this conclusion are the decision to open another trade route at Wagah to promote mutual trade against Pakistans traditional policy 'Kashmir before trade, and at the same time Indian External Affairs Minister Krishnas statement that Kashmir is an integral part of India, the stand, he says, it has no intention to abandon. This has been a sad comedown. There was a time when the Jammu and Kashmir state was regarded such a vital part for the country that without its accession, Pakistan was considered incomplete. The government as well as the people, without exception, were ready to put everything at stake for its sake; the state, as described by the Quaid-i-Azam is, indeed, the jugular vein of the country. Not only are the headwaters of its rivers, on which depends our agricultural economy and the progress and prosperity of our people, are located in the Indian occupied Kashmir, but also an overwhelming majority of the people of the J&K State are Muslim who cherish genuine aspirations for becoming part of Pakistan. Indias sheer cussedness in evading the implementation of the relevant UN resolutions on the one hand, and our hope that it would, sooner or later, come round to the solution of the dispute as envisaged in those resolutions on the other, provided the scheming Indians with an opportunity to disrupt the flow of water when it was vitally needed for our crops that finally drove us to accept, unwisely, the unfair Indus Waters Treaty. And since then, it hardly needs repeating, India has been madly at work incrementally depriving Pakistan of its rightful share of water in utter violation of the treaty, to turn the country into a vast barren land. It confirms, without any doubt, Quaid-i-Azams remark about Kashmir being Pakistans jugular vein. It is a great pity that our politicians are so short-sighted that they are unable to see the vicious drama that is being played right before their eyes, and have merrily taken to the thesis of prosperity through trade with India. They cannot be more mistaken; New Delhi is busy doing things that if left unchecked would, in fact, reverse whatever gains we have made so far. The only way out for us is to put our own house in order and ensure that the UN envisaged solution of self-determination for the Kashmiris to decide their future is put into effect.