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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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