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The Case for Mediating Conflict & Good Governance

Also published on Viewpoint, Rising Kashmir

Creative peace building, intellectual implementation and collective negotiations have brought home the bacon for many conflict ridden zones around the world. Kashmir, however, still awaits answers and justice after years of unproductive political bankruptcies inside the territory. India and Pakistan both must realise that ignoring Kashmir, as a conflict, will keep the blunt discord alive through periodic violence and political authoritarianism.  The  Lahore Declaration and Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), signed by then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee & Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, recognised the commitment towards resolving the Kashmir dispute.  It was a historic bilateral agreement that rectified the need to minimise the means of terrorism through commitment in dialogue. It also hailed the former Simla Agreement and the Charter of United Nations. Therefore, after thirteen years, the reference point for both national and regional s…