India, Pakistan Can Co-Administer a Combined State of JK, Says Former BJP Ideologue



Sudheendra Kulkarni.
Sudheendra Kulkarni.

Former BJP ideologue Sudheendra Kulkarni has said both India and Pakistan can co-administer a combined state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Kulkarni attacked by the Shiv Sena activists last month over the launch of a book by former Pakistani Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri was addressing an event in the Pakistan High Commission.

“No military solution is possible to the Kashmir issue which was a pre-condition for any genuine reconciliation and abiding peace between the two countries,” he said.

Kulkarni said an early and amicable solution to Kashmir dispute is a pre-condition for any genuine reconciliation and abiding peace between the two countries.

“The two governments must share, accept the reality that neither India can ever recapture the Pakistan held part of Kashmir nor can Pakistan hope to get Indian Held Kashmir,” he said, adding that there is no possibility of Jammu and Kashmir or Kashmir becoming independent.

“No military solution can secure this goal in favour of either India or Pakistan. The only viable and working solution to the Kashmir dispute is India and Pakistan bringing the two sides of Kashmir together.”

He said both can co-administer its affairs with a large degree of autonomy to the people of two sides of Kashmir with the consensus of the people who have the biggest stake.

Kulkarni said the possibility of co-administering Kashmir was what the interlocutors, appointed by then Prime Minister Singh and President Parvez Musharraf, were working on.

He also spoke about the partition of India and blamed both the Congress and the Muslim League, headed by Mohammad Ali Jinnah.

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