Dubai investment in Kashmir leaves Pakistan baffled

Prime News, National (New Delhi), October 22:- While the Manoj Sinha administration has scaled up the security grid across the Kashmir Valley to pin down the militants, it has also ordered immediate measures for moving the workers to safer places. Along with these local procedures of immediate nature, the government has loudly conveyed that it is not going to be cowed down under any circumstances, The Dispatch reported.

The investment agreement with the Dubai government is a clear message that economic development and building peace will go hand in hand. The timing of the investment agreement right in the middle of heightened security concerns is an evident sign of courage to defeat the elements hostile to peace, the report said.

The development has left Pakistan baffled.

Former Pakistan Ambassador to India Abdul Basit said now that the MoU has been signed, it’s clear that the matter is slipping out of Pakistan’s hands.

“We are shaking our hands and legs in the dark. We seem to have no Kashmir policy left. It’s sad. The current government’s casual approach will haunt it,” he said.

“Past governments have also contributed to the weakening Pakistan’s policy on Kashmir,” he said.

“This (signing of MoU) is a major success for India in the context of both Pakistan and Jammu and Kashmir as OIC (Organisation of Islamic Cooperation) members have always kept Pakistan’s sensibilities on Kashmir at the forefront.”

In less than 24 hours after the fresh killings of seasonal workers in Kashmir triggering a renewed wave of panic and calling into question the government strategy to handle the emerging situation, the Raj Bhavan in Srinagar had a small yet high profile ceremony formalising a rare partnership with a foreign government –the first such in case of Jammu and Kashmir.

In presence of Piyush Goyal, the Minister for Commerce, the Jammu and Kashmir government signed an agreement with the Government of Dubai for developing industrial sector and business enterprises in partnership ventures.

“Government of Dubai and the Government of Jammu Kashmir have entered into an agreement, which will help the Union Territory to scale new height in Industrialization sustainable growth. Today is an important day for the developmental journey of the UT of Jammu and Kashmir,” Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha tweeted after the event. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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