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Amritsar, December 3
Heart of Asia Conference opened here on Saturday with a renewed search to end the troubles of terrorism in Afghanistan , also with the shadow of the terror attacks in Indian part of Jammu and Kashmir, especially Uri and Nagrota saults which left 26 soldiers dead.
However, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani will formally inaugurate the conference.
The foreign secretary S Jaishanker presided over a meeting to prepare a draft for the conference with an extraordinary focus on the burning issue of the region- terrorism.
Afghanistan has been witness to serial suicide attacks causing multiple casualties in various parts, including the capital, Kabul. The country that has not seen stability since late 1970s, when America lunched a “ mujahedeen” movement against its Cold War rival Soviet Union , is finding itself in a bind because of the terrorism exported by Pakistan and the internal terrorism, having backing of Rawalpindi in the destructive activities of Islamabad .
Pakistan exported terrorism has also hit hard India, particularly in the landscape of the Indian Kashmir, where terrorists mounted a “ fidayeen attack” on Nagrota army base, near winter capital, Jammu on Tuesday leaving seven soldiers dead and many others wounded. It was a replica of the September 18 attack at Uri army unit, in which 19 soldiers lost their lives.
The Conference that will be attended by 40 countries, including the United States, Russia and European Union , will hear Modi, Ghani and Pakistan’s foreign affairs advisor Sartaj Aziz. Pakistani foreign affairs man would be landing here on Sunday.
Despite the fact that the main focus is Afghanistan, but the experts are waiting in their hope against hope for some kind of breakthrough between India and Pakistan- the two nations that characterize the nuclear war threat in South Asia. Kashmir, in particular , is looking for this dream moment.
Almost the entire political class of Kashmir, from former chief ministers Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah of National Conference and their successor current Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti of Peoples Democratic Party, are the strongest advocates of restoration of normal ties between Delhi and Islamabad.
Mehbooba Mufti in her latest meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi last Sunday had pleaded that talks with Pakistan should be re-opened . The National Conference leaders have sent out the similar appeals to the Indian and Pakistan leadership to look for the table of talks to de-escalate tensions to help the people of Jammu and Kashmir live normal life. The people of this Himalayan state are sandwiched between hostilities between these two countries.
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